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News Release

Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Contact: John Marble
Tel: 202-606-2402

U.S. OPM Director Announces Establishment of New SES Office

Office to Increase Efficiency and Improve the Senior Executive Service

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Director of the United States Office of Personnel Management announced the establishment of a centralized office to serve the Senior Executive Service (SES) program. OPM Director John Berry directed that program functions currently spread across multiple offices will be consolidated in order to increase efficiency and better serve agencies across the Federal government.

"The Senior Executive Service fosters a large share of the innovation and talent needed to transform our government into a 21st century resource for the American public," said OPM Director John Berry. "Fully supporting this dynamic talent pool requires the Office of Personnel Management to implement new mechanisms that maximize the potential of these executives within the Federal workforce. The establishment of a centralized SES office will increase the efficiency of our efforts to better serve Federal agencies and build a world-class workforce."

The new Senior Executive Service office will provide the framework for Federal agencies to operate the SES program. Duties of the consolidated office will include outreach to stakeholders in the SES program, such as the Senior Executive Association and Executive Resource managers throughout the Federal government. This will include providing executive resource forums for agency executive resources specialists and leading workshops and roundtables on leadership development topics. Additional activities of the office include the management of the Qualifications Review Board, which certifies the executive core qualifications of SES applicants. The office will also provide recommendations on the requests for agency SES, Senior Level, and Senior Technical position allocations, certification of senior performance appraisals systems and candidate development programs.

The Senior Executive Service was established by the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 and was implemented 30 years ago. The SES was created to allow Federal agencies the ability to attract and retain highly competent executives crucial to the operation of government. Organized as a third service of the Federal government, the SES is separate from the competitive and excepted services in which other Federal employees serve. The SES covers positions in the executive branch classified above GS-15.

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