WASHINGTON, DC - The Senior Executives Association released the following statement in light of the news that Senator John McCain, 81, passed away over the weekend, following a recent, public battle with brain cancer.
WASHINGTON, DC - The Senior Executives Association strongly endorses the reorganization of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) as a long overdue government modernization effort that will improve Federal human capital practices and greatly enhance the ability of the Federal government to compete in the 21st Century war for talent and secure the best and brightest public servants.
“Since 2001, GAO has listed human capital challenges as a ‘high risk issue’ facing the Federal government. Both the proposed structural streamlining – including the elevation of OPM to within the Executive Office of the President – and the added emphasis on OPM’s core functions of providing human capital policy and oversight solve many problems that have for nearly two decades plagued Federal human capital processes and practices,” said SEA President Bill Valdez. “Every major corporation in America has a C-Suite human capital office for a reason: it is a core business function that supports operating units and enables those operating units to be more effective and efficient.
“OPM’s current structure prevents it from being the expert consultative human capital office the Federal government desperately needs. SEA is eager to work with the Administration, Congress and other key stakeholders to fully implement this bold new vision for human capital,” Valdez concluded.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Bill Valdez, President of the Senior Executives Association – the professional association responsible for representing, convening, and cultivating members of the Senior Executive Service (and SES-equivalents) across the federal government – released the following statement in response to the release of President Donald Trump’s FY2019 budget proposal.
“Much of the language included in the president’s budget proposal rightly identifies many of the impediments our federal government confronts on a daily basis, while also correctly recognizing that the solutions will require a long-term commitment, rather than mere Band-Aids,” said Valdez.
“The effectiveness of our government will continue to be limited so long as we can neither recruit new, top talent, nor adequately train and retain the talent we have already hired. Our government must better position itself to modernize and compete in the global labor market. And a slew of both administrative and statutory reforms will be necessary to refresh our approach to maintaining – and continuing to develop and grow – a world-class, non-partisan government workforce. The president’s budget importantly touches on each of these key components of civil service reform.
“Yet even as the budget proposal suggests that our national and homeland security requires additional staffing in the military and along our borders, the budget reiterates penny-wise and pound-foolish proposals to enact federal pay freezes and retirement cuts. Reneging on promises made to federal annuitants -- who planned their careers and retirements based on a set of commitments from their employer – should be a nonstarter,” Valdez continued. “Put simply, we will neither attract, nor retain an innovative and talented 21st century federal workforce by undertaking a race to the bottom on federal pay and benefits.”
Valdez concluded, “I am heartened to see that the administration seems to solidly grasp many of the systemic challenges underlying the structure of our civil service system. However, as with any reform effort, the devil is in the details. Good governance should not be a partisan issue and it is imperative that we maintain an open dialog and ensure we get the details precisely right. Our membership of distinguished, career federal leaders across the federal government stands ready to lend its expertise to this developing conversation.”
Urgent Letter to GSA/Treasury: Federal Employees Receiving Excessive Tax Bills Due to Tax Reform Change
Washington, D.C. – The Senior Executives Association (SEA) today sent an urgent letter of concern to GSA Administrator Emily Murphy, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and other relevant parties regarding an issue with tax implications for huge swaths of the federal workforce, including current and retired federal employees.
The Senior Executives Association (SEA) and the Shared Services Leadership Coalition (SSLC) have announced a collaborative effort intended to combine SEA’s role as the voice of career federal executive leaders across the federal government and SSLC’s years of experience on issues relating to the implementation of “shared services” business models in the federal government.
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