Senior Executives Association

Welcome to the Senior Executives Association

Senior Executives Association (SEA) is the professional association for career members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and equivalent positions. SEA is not only the voice of the SES through a strong advocacy program, it empowers senior leaders across government by providing the tools, resources and connections they need to succeed in the 21st century.

SEA's membership spans across government agencies, missions and functions, giving SEA a unique whole of government perspective and the ability to connect to the skills, tools and people (both public and private sectors) that senior leaders need. SEA members receive access to research and news, strategic networks, and connections to the good practices across government that they may not receive on the job.

Above all else, SEA is guided by dedication to public service and to helping career federal leaders better serve the American people.


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On October 13th, 1978, the Civil Service Reform Act was signed into law, marking the first major changes to the American civil service system since the Pendleton Act of 1883. The CSRA brought about sweeping changes to the federal government and workforce. Among its effects were the creation of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), and the Senior Executive Service (SES).

On October 13th, 1978, the Civil Service Reform Act was signed into law, marking the first major changes to the American civil service system since the Pendleton Act of 1883. The CSRA brought about sweeping changes to the federal government and workforce. Among its effects were the creation of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), and the Senior Executive Service (SES).

In recognition of the occasion, SEA President Bill Valdez joined FEDtalk host and SEA Communications Director Ben Carnes, alongside MSPB Vice Chairman Mark Robbins, FLRA Chairman Colleen Duffy Kiko, and OSC Deputy Special Counsel Tristan Leavitt on a special episode of FEDtalk on Federal News Network covering the 40-year history of the Civil Service Reform Act, including how it connects to renewed discussions of civil service modernization:

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Valdez also appeared alongside the Partnership for Public Service's Kristine Simmons and The Volcker Alliance's Thomas W. Ross for an interview with Mike Causey on Your Turn.

At Government Executive, Charles S. Clark also takes a deep dive into the backstory of the CSRA:

Nicole Ogrysko at Federal News Network further breaks down how recent changes at OPM, OMB, and GSA fit into the CSRA's 40th anniversary:

MSPB also covered the MSPB's anniversary in its August 2018 newsletter, Issues of Merit:

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management also marked the occasion yesterday, with newly-selected Acting Director of OPM, Margaret Weichert, offering her thoughts on the occasion:

Below is a gallery of historic photos from the Library of Congress spotlighting key moments from the Pendleton Act leading up to the Civil Service Reform Act:

Gallery: Civil Service Reform Act and Pendleton Act

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