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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Results are In: SEA Member Survey

We asked and you answered.

SEA’s recent mini-survey provided intriguing insights into the current thinking of SEA members.

The following are the results, with a typical comment for each of the answers:


Q: What is your biggest challenge as a leader in government?

A: In rank order:

  1. Unclear political leadership.
  2. Budget uncertainty.
  3. Lack of resources.
  4. Quality of human capital.
  5. Too much time spent of fire drills.
  6. Public perception of, trust in government.

Typical Comment: “All of these are equally challenging!  It’s the confluence of these challenges that keeps me up at night and prevents effective leadership.”


Q: Do you currently feel empowered?  (Empowered defined:  As a leader to run your program/organization effectively and efficiently.)

A: 44% said yes.

Typical Comment: “Yes, but eroding quickly with hiring freeze, budget uncertainty and IT mandates.”

     56% said no.

Typical Comment: “I can make program decisions to the extent that I have funding…but I have no control over my payroll and no control over HR practices that ultimately limit what I can do.”


Q: What are areas of government reform that could help you do your job better?

A: In rank order:

  1. Improved business processes.
  2. Civil service reform.
  3. Budget reform.
  4. Improving cyber capabilities.
  5. Flattening organizational hierarchies.
  6. Other:  HR reform, primarily improved labor/management relations.

Typical Comment: “Every item listed has been touted for years as the latest savior for government effectiveness and efficiency, but all result in morale draining and distracting fire-drills that do nothing to improve government effectiveness.  Stability, and allowing leaders to focus on the organization’s mission would do more than anything.”


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Special thanks to SEA's Corporate Advisory Council, helping to support a federal career executive corps of excellence.
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The Senior Executives Association is
available eight hours a day during normal business hours.

Monday-Friday: 9am to 5pm 
Weekend: Closed

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