Academic journal article The Public Manager

Introduction: Workforce Planning and Human Capital

Academic journal article The Public Manager

Introduction: Workforce Planning and Human Capital

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Federal agencies are better able to accomplish their work if first there is some analysis about what competencies exist and what are needed.

Much is discussed among today's federal executives and employees about the change that is sweeping across the federal landscape. The workforce is aging, missions are changing, information technology is redefining and reshaping work process, and the American taxpayer wants a better return on investment for the tax dollars contributed. In responding to these multiple demands, the federal government has launched a variety of programs, all aimed at improving government performance and increasing the taxpayer's return on investment. Among the most needed, and potentially the most rewarding, is the notion of workforce planning.

For much of its existence, the federal government has focused little attention on its single biggest cost and its single greatest asset--its employees. Individuals were recruited, their credentials assessed and they were hired to do a particular job. Relatively little thought was given to linking the agency's strategic mission and the credentials of its employees. Only more recently have we seen the value of that linkage to ensure that federal agencies are better able to accomplish their work if first there is some analysis about what competencies exist and what are needed in the workforce to accomplish the agency's work most effectively and efficiently. …

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