OPM has issued policy update and implementation plans for the Federal Human Capital Business Reference Model, aimed at defining “the end-to-end lifecycle of federal government human capital management,” in the words of a memo to agencies.

The model is the first step toward the Chief Human Capital Officers Council’s goal of establishing a common experience for all employees concerning delivery of HR operations and services, it said.

“This foundational model provides a common structure, language, and definition that integrates HR operations, finance and acquisition” and “will be used to assist agency human resources specialists in performing their functions, and eventually – to the maximum extent practicable – define a uniform model for the HR user experience,” OPM said.

It consists of four functional categories: government-wide planning, oversight, and evaluation of human capital management; agency-specific planning, oversight, and evaluation of human capital management; agency-specific functions to manage employees from “hire to retire”; and agency-specific functions to protect, understand, and manage employee information and experiences.

The memo also describes next steps, including assessment of agency HR workforces, policies and processes, and development of tailored approaches to adoption of the model.