Paige Hinkle-Bowles, deputy assistant secretary for civilian personnel policy at the Defense Department, has said DoD is working to address civilian employee concerns through its Force of the Future initiative, DoD News reported Tuesday.
Hinkle-Bowles told audience at a Defense One Live-hosted panel discussion that the department’s civilian force is comprised of almost 900,000 information technology, medical, human resource, education, logistics and acquisition professionals.
She noted DoD launched an effort to categorize the workforce and assess employee skills and competencies, according to the publication.
Her office also partnered with the agency’s labor unions to plan the establishment of a new system for managing civilian staff performance.
“We are anticipating implementation of that performance management system and a phased rollout starting as early as next year,” she was quoted as saying.
She added that DoD’s hiring strategy aims to encourage military veterans to join the agency’s civilian group.