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Report Examines Govt Talent Management Practices

Government photoA report by the Partnership for Public Service good-government group reveals shortcomings in executive recruitment and development practices within federal agencies, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Josh Hicks writes the group says the system is alarming because of the expected wave of retirements among the government’s senior executives.

According to the report, the partnership derived from its analysis that the proportion of senior-level retirees increased from 5.8 percent in 2009 to 8.3 percent in 2012.

Three-quarters of senior executives were recruited within the agency they were working for, The Post added.

“Agencies normally don’t think about hiring external candidates unless the circumstances are unusual—an emergency backlog, a desperate need for new skills, the need to create a new agency from scratch,” the group said.

The nonprofit recommended that the government develop a cohesive strategy for executive development programs and form a central authority who would be responsible for the strategy.

Hicks reports the group interviewed federal leaders, senior executives and human resources personnel for its study.

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