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On Wednesday, May 23rd, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will celebrate the 15 Year anniversary of the Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCO) Council. This event will hail the Council’s accomplishments and renew our commitment to the federal workforce and the American people to create human capital management strategies that attract, develop and retain a high performing, engaged and diverse federal workforce.

I am proud of the many accomplishments of the CHCO Council, especially having served on the Council in its early years. The Council has been instrumental in the success of many projects around the government. While it is not possible to quantify and list the impact of the CHCO Council on the Human Capital community, below are some examples of the great work the CHCO Council has accomplished through the years:

  • Natural Disasters: From Hurricane Katrina to Hurricanes Irma, Maria, and Harvey and the wildfires in California, the CHCO Council members have supported the Federal Government, the affected communities, and provided policy advice to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The Council has coordinated government-wide response activities during natural disasters and worked with the OPM to establish special authorities to assist in the response and recovery efforts.
  • Veterans Hiring: Under direction from the Director of OPM, the Council on Veterans Employment in conjunction with the Chief Human Capital Officers Council formed a working group to examine veterans’ preference in the Federal Government and submit recommendations to the Director of OPM on improving the ability of veterans’ preference laws to meet the needs of the new generation of veterans and hiring managers. Based on a review of Federal veterans’ preference statutes and regulations, the members of the working group developed 28 recommendations during the course of this study.
  • Performance Management: The CHCO working group on performance management, created in April 2011, was asked to provide general and broad recommendations for a potential government-wide model for performance management. The work group met weekly through the summer and developed a comprehensive set of recommendations that resulted in a new model for employee performance called GEAR. GEAR stands for Goals, Engagement, Accountability and Results and stresses that the responsibility for performance management improvements rests with everyone in government.
  • Feds Feed Families (FFF): In 2009, the Council responded to the Serve America Act and formed a partnership titled the FFF food drive campaign. Through this campaign food is collected from Federal employees across the country for local families in need. Today, the CHCO Council supports FFF with the leadership of USDA.

Job well done, and I look forward to seeing all of the future initiatives of the CHCO Council. Happy 15 years!


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