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News Release

Friday, October 17, 2003
Contact: Brendan LaCivita
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM Director Kay Coles James Announces Chief Human Capitol Officers Council Subcommittees

Subcommittees charged with developing concrete ideas for action

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Kay Coles James today announced the development of five subcommittees to the Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCO) Council to assist in identifying effective solutions to handle today's personnel challenges.

"Several months ago, OPM took an impressive step forward with the development of the Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCO) Council," remarked James. "With feedback received from CHCO members and the President's Management Council, we take another critical step forward by creating five CHCO subcommittees to assist in driving human capital results."

The Council has identified five key areas critical to the success of the strategic management of human capital as outlined in President George W. Bush's Management Agenda. The hiring process; performance management; leadership development and succession planning; employee conduct and poor performers; and emergency preparedness were all identified as human capital topics needing immediate attention. Once the key topics were identified, a subcommittee for each was formed and tasked with recommending policy changes, needed legislation, or other strategies for moving the issue forward and returning to the Council with concrete ideas for action.

"Simply identifying key human capital issues was not enough," stated James. "I wanted the members of the subcommittees to come back to the full Council with tangible recommendations to address those issues. The legislation establishing the CHCO Council was designed to create results and the entire Council is comprised of professionals who have demonstrated excellence and results within their respective agencies. These same leaders are now honored and eager to promote change governmentwide through the Council."

The CHCO Council will meet together for two days in November to focus on these issues and other Council matters.

The initial subcommittees and members are as follows:

The Hiring Process


David Chu, Department of Defense


Morris Winn, Environmental Protection Agency

Robert Robelo, Central Intelligence Agency

Rosemary Taylor, Department of Health and Human Services

William Campbell, Department of Veterans' Affairs

Performance Management


Otto Wolff, Department of Commerce


Lynn Scarlett, Department of the Interior

Reginald Wells, Social Security Administration

Ruthie Jackson, United States Department of Agriculture

Doris Hausser, Office of Personnel Management

Leadership Development and Succession Planning


Bill Leidinger, Department of Education


Rebecca Contreras, Department of the Treasury

Claudia Cross, Department of Energy

W. Robert Pearson, Department of State

Patricia Norry, Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Employee Conduct and Poor Performers


Patrick Pizzella, Department of Labor


Joanne Simms, Department of Justice

Vickers Meadows, Department of Housing and Urban Development

Vicki Novak, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Emergency Preparedness


Gail Lovelace, General Services Administration


Michael Dannenhauer, Department of Transportation

John Seal, Small Agency Council

Ron James, Department of Homeland Security

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