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Commerce CFO Ellen Herbst: Hiring, Retention Should Be Primary Mgmt Priorities

Ellen Herbst
Ellen Herbst

Ellen Herbst, chief financial officer and assistant secretary of administration at the Commerce Department, believes management initiatives should focus on the people and the hiring and retention of talent, she told the Washington Post in an interview published Wednesday.

Herbst told guest writer Tom Fox of the Partnership for Public Service that Commerce’s management priorities include workforce development and employee engagement.

Other priorities include its shared services initiative, project and risk management for the renovation of the department’s headquarters and the modernization of its IT and financial systems, she said.

“My role is really focused on getting things done and how to get them done better,” she told Fox.

“That’s kind of my brand: Driving toward outcomes and results.”

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