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"A transformation in the employment, deployment, development, and evaluation of the federal workforce with results in mind”

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As part of the President's Management Agenda, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is leading the Federal Government's Strategic Management of Human Capital initiative. OPM is committed to be the President's strategic advisor on human capital (HC) issues, to develop tools and provide support to help agencies succeed in their human capital transformation efforts, and to help make the Federal Government a high-performing workplace.

Creating a more effective Government depends on attracting, developing, and retaining quality employees from diverse backgrounds and ensuring that they perform at high levels. Sound investment in human capital is essential if agencies are to achieve their missions. Agencies have taken up the challenge presented by the President's Management Agenda (PMA) and are already making progress.

Various human capital models and guides have been developed to help agencies. Under the PMA, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) established Standards for Success for each of the five initiatives, including Human Capital. OPM, the President's strategic advisor on human capital, released a Human Capital Scorecard in December of 2001 to focus and support agency human capital efforts. Meanwhile, the United States General Accounting Office (GAO) has issued significant documents on human capital, including "A Self-Assessment Checklist for Agency Leaders" and an exposure draft titled "A Model of Strategic Human Capital Management."

As agencies progressed with their human capital efforts, the need for a comprehensive human capital framework became evident. To better address this need, OPM, OMB, and GAO collaborated to revise the Human Capital Standards for Success. These standards now more clearly reflect discrete outcomes toward which agencies can strive. The revised Standards foster an understanding of the ultimate goal of human capital, including “A Self-Assessment Checklist for Agency Leaders” and an exposure draft titled “A Model of Strategic Human Capital Management.”


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