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Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Contact: Office of Communications
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OPM releases Human Capital Business Reference Model

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has released the Federal Human Capital Business Reference Model (HCBRM), a functional tool that takes the first step toward the goal of establishing a common human resource (HR) experience for Federal employees across agencies.                                        

Developed by HR practitioners and industry experts, the HCBRM provides a simplified view of operational functions and policy ownership and a common structure intended to align HR operations, finance and acquisition.

“The HCBRM delivers value because it provides the framework to help streamline, standardize and simplify HR operations for practitioners and employees alike,” said OPM Acting Director Kathy McGettigan. “The potential benefit of this transparency can have a long-lasting impact across the government.” 

Agency leaders, HR professionals, and government partners can use this tool to assess and align people, policies, processes, service delivery, and data categorization and reporting by laying out a clear and transparent Human Capital Management (HCM) functional structure that:

-        Informs everyone with a simplified view of HR operational functions and policy ownership;

-        Gives HR practitioners a quick reference to understand the functional requirements for their specific area of HR;

-        Provides agency leadership with a model to more effectively plan, deliver, assess, and manage their HR workforce, policy, processes, budget, service, and delivery; and

-        Lays out the Federal HCM blueprint for government-wide HR operations, acquisition, budget formulation, programmatic evaluation, shared services, and data.

To learn more about HCBRM, read the memo for Federal Chief Human Capital Officers, OPM Director’s Blog, visit or contact the HCBRM team.

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OPM leads and serves the Federal Government in enterprise human resources management by delivering policies and services to achieve a trusted, effective civilian workforce. By Empowering Excellence in Government through Great People, we provide leadership and support to U.S. agencies on issues including human resources policy and oversight, background investigations, federal employee benefits, retirement services, guidance on labor-management relations, and programs to improve workforce performance. For more information, visit or follow OPM on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

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