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News Release

Friday, December 19, 2008
Contact: Beverly Ward
Tel: 202-606-2402

Chief Human Capital Officers Council Issues Report to Serve as Transition Guide

Report to Congress Details 2008 Fiscal Year Activities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Office of Personnel Management Acting Director Michael Hager today released the 2008 Fiscal Year Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCO) Council annual report to Congress. This year the annual report is also serving as a transition guide for the incoming Administration.

"While past CHCO Council annual reports to Congress were summaries of activities within a given fiscal year, we believe providing a detailed guide to human capital issues facing the Federal workforce follows the course President George W. Bush has set of being as helpful as possible to the new Administration," said Hager who serves as chair of the 25-member CHCO Council. "Our hope is that those who will serve as Chief Human Capital Officers in the new Administration will use this document as a template for expanding and enhancing the influence and effectiveness of the Council."

The FY 08 report provides a full discussion of matters confronting Federal human capital professions in the section titled "Emerging Issues." These include managing the public's expectations of Federal response to highly complex issues; building and sustaining Federal employee leadership; and transforming the Federal human resource (HR) profession to meet changing demands.

Since its inception five years ago, the CHCO Council has provided input and guidance on a number of important issues and has made tremendous strides in improving cross agency collaboration within the Federal HR community. For example in FY 08, the Council's Hiring and Succession Planning Subcommittee partnered with OPM to develop and test a framework and guidance for improving the Federal hiring process.  The End-to-End Hiring Roadmap gives agencies step-by-step instructions on how to successfully implement five components of effective hiring.

"The collaborative partnership between OPM and Federal agencies on a Governmentwide reform initiative of the magnitude of the End-to-End Hiring Roadmap should serve as a model for the CHCO Council under the leadership and direction of the next Administration," said Hager.

The FY 08 report can be viewed on the CHCO Council's website at


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