OPM responds to new HR survey
A new survey of the government's top human resources officials reveals some concerns they have with the Office of Personnel Management, which handles federal HR issues.
The survey -- scooped today by colleague Joe Davidson -- gives good reviews to OPM Director John Berry but a mediocre assessment to the rest of the agency.
The government's HR bosses -- known as Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCO), or "chicos" for short -- feel some tension "over OPM's aggressive reform agenda that is straining the resources of some agencies. CHCOs also believe there is a disconnect between what OPM's leadership says and what some of the career OPM staff do," the report said.
Kathryn Medina, executive director of the CHCO Council, responded to those charges in an e-mail sent to us last night by OPM after deadline. (OPM often struggles to meet reporter deadlines -- another example of where the agency may sometimes drop the ball.)
"It's not surprising that if you ask an entire community of practice across the federal government their opinions on ANY topic, that you will get a wide range of responses -- both positive and negative," Medina said. "I think the report would have been more helpful if it had separated CHCO and non-CHCO responses. CHCOs and leaders in general understand the strategic nature of what is going on with hiring reform and other OPM initiatives."
CHCOs are generally positive and supportive of OPM's reform efforts, Medina said. "Past comments and criticisms have been taken seriously and have been responded to promptly, leading to a more cooperative, productive and collegial environment for members."
She cited collaboration on a new HR University, veterans hiring efforts and efforts to improve HR technology across the government as examples of where CHCOs are working well with OPM.
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| August 18, 2010; 10:30 AM ET
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