Magazine article Talent Development

Talent Management Is Critical for Government Leaders: As the Government's Most Powerful Leaders Prepare to Retire, a New Study Takes a Close Look at Federal Agencies' Talent Management Strategies

Magazine article Talent Development

Talent Management Is Critical for Government Leaders: As the Government's Most Powerful Leaders Prepare to Retire, a New Study Takes a Close Look at Federal Agencies' Talent Management Strategies

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In the next five years, nearly two-thirds of the Senior Executive Service (SES)--an elite cadre of high-ranking civil service executives--will be eligible for retirement. Are federal agencies prepared for this turnover? Are they actively identifying and developing high-potential employees to step into these critical roles?

The Partnership for Public Service and McKinsey & Company explore these questions in their new report, Building the Leadership Bench: Developing a Talent Pipeline for the Senior Executive Service. They investigate the current state of talent management for the SES, and present options for improving it.

Perhaps the biggest area for improvement in talent management for the SES is in forming a cohesive program among all federal agencies for identifying, developing, and recruiting talent. Currently there is no central authority responsible for talent management, which results in some agencies having their own robust programs, and others lacking an effective strategy for developing talent.

The report also found that the majority (76 percent) of SES members were hired from the agency subcomponent in which they already were working, and that most agencies hire fewer than 10 percent of their SES members from outside the federal government. …

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