Please pardon our dust! The SEA website and membership database are under construction until mid-May due to some exciting changes that are in progress. Until then, we will not be issuing any new member identification numbers. Please email any membership inquiries to Also, SEA Headquarters has a new address. Going forward, please send all USPS correspondence to 7918 Jones Branch Drive, Suite 300, McLean, VA 22102. We look forward to unveiling a brand new SEA website in mid-May which will greatly enhance your membership experience. Stay tuned and thank you for your patience!

SEA, The Volcker Alliance, Partnership for Public Service Release Joint Agenda to Strengthen the Senior Executive Service

WASHINGTON – The Partnership for Public Service, the Volcker Alliance and the Senior Executives Association, a trio of organizations dedicated to strengthening our government’s leadership capabilities, have come together to advance a joint Senior Executive Service policy agenda. The agenda offers a set of solutions designed to strengthen the SES through actions by both Congress and individual federal agencies, including the Office of Personnel Management and the Office of Management and Budget.

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Coalition Letter in Support of ACMRA

April 5, 2018
Dear Chairman Harper and Ranking Member Brady:
We, the 45 undersigned organizations, write to express our strong support for the bipartisan Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (“ACMRA”) and to respectfully urge the Committee to consider the legislation at its next markup, scheduled for April 12.  
If enacted, ACMRA will strengthen Congressional oversight and improve government transparency. ACMRA establishes a central repository for agency reports submitted to Congress and tracks whether agencies have submitted the reports. This will improve all Members of Congress’s access to the reports and ensure Congress knows when they become available.  
ACMRA directs agencies to provide the Government Publishing Office any report that is both required by law to be submitted to Congress and is releasable under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”). It does not change what information is in the public sphere, but will improve its accessibility. Nor does it affect in any way what information is provided to Congressional committees or place any burden upon them.  
Under ACMRA, agency reports will become publicly available on GPO’s website within 30 days of submission to Congress, and will be redacted in accordance with FOIA’s provisions, which include the removal of classified or otherwise confidential material. Additionally, the Congressional Research Service will identify all agency reports the law requires be submitted to Congress, supplementing the work already performed by the Clerk of the House. This will tell us whether an agency has complied with its obligation to submit reports in a timely fashion.  
The Committee on House Administration has favorably reported ACMRA in prior Congresses, and the measure was favorably reported this Congress by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on February 6th, 2018. Virtually identical legislation is sponsored in the Senate by Sens. Portman and Klobuchar. ACMRA was first introduced in 2010 and we are hopeful it will become part of this Congress’s transparency legacy.
We appreciate your thoughtful consideration of the measure and are hopeful ACMRA will be favorably reported at the April 12th meeting.
Sincerely yours,
American Association of Law Libraries
American Library Association
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
Association of Research Libraries
Campaign for Accountability
Center for Data Innovation
Center for Media and Democracy
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)
Coalition for Peace Action and the Interfaith Network on Drone Warfare
Community Research Data Coalition
Defending Rights & Dissent Defense Priorities Initiative
Demand Progress
Action Detention Watch Network
Essential Information Free Government Information
Government Accountability Project
Government Information Watch
Human Rights
First Issue One
LegiStorm LLC
National Coalition for History
National Immigrant Justice Center
National Religious Campaign Against Torture
National Security Archive
National Taxpayers Union
New America's Open Technology Institute
New America's Public Interest Technology Program
Niskanen Center
Northern California Association of Law Libraries
Open the Government
Project On Government Oversight
R Street Institute
Reclaim The Records
Senior Executives Association (SEA)
Society of Professional Journalists
Sunlight Foundation
Taxpayers for Common Sense
Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Union of Concerned Scientists
Win Without War
cc: Committee on House Administration

SEA: President’s Management Agenda a “Step Forward” in Government Modernization Effort

Washington, D.C. – The Senior Executives Association today released the following statement in response to the Office of Management and Budget’s official unveiling of the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) for 2019.

“The release of the President Management’s Agenda is a significant step forward in the effort to modernize the Federal government,” said SEA President Bill Valdez. “As the PMA makes clear, the federal government needs to break down silos, modernize business processes, and build a 21st Century workforce that is responsive to the disruptive challenges our nation is facing.”

“The PMA rightly identifies many of the impediments our federal government confronts on a daily basis, while also correctly recognizing that the necessary solutions will require long-term commitment,” Valdez concluded. “SEA shares a long-term modernization vision and looks forward to working with the administration as it begins to implement the PMA, recognizing that a successful implementation cannot be achieved without involving career senior executives in the process.”

Investigation Confirms Interior Department Lacked Proper Justification for SES Reassignments

Washington, D.C. – The Senior Executives Association released the following statement in response to today’s release of the results of the Department of Interior Office of Inspector General’s investigation into the 2017 relocation of dozens of senior executives within DOI’s Executive Review Board (ERB), which prompted widespread accusations of potential discrimination on the bases of political affiliation, gender, career status, and race.

“Today’s report by the Department of Interior Office of Inspector General confirmed what SEA and many career executives at the agency have long suspected about the Department’s decision to reassign 35 senior executives in 2017,” said SEA President Bill Valdez. “The agency did not comply with legal requirements; ignored regulatory guidance; and had no documented plan, methodology, or real business case that justified their actions.”

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Ten Considerations For Civi Service Modernization

Summary: The Senior Executives Association (SEA) and the Hoover Institution hosted three Civil Service Modernization Dialogues in the summer and fall of 2018 that had a goal of developing a consensus around general themes and concepts that a diverse group of organizations could support. Those Dialogues were organized around three general themes:

  • Civil Service Workforce Modernization
  • Civil Service Administrative Modernization
  • Civil Service Regulatory Modernization
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