Federal Manager's Daily Report

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The Biden administration has posted (on performance.gov) its initial learning agenda in support of its President’s Management Agenda priorities, designed to “reinforce a focus on learning, bridge silos and catalyze innovation beyond the federal government.”

The government-wide document follows publication of individual agency learning agendas posted earlier this year as well as one specific to carrying out provisions of last year’s American Rescue Plan Act.

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Under the PMA goal of strengthening and empowering the federal workforce, topics include (in its words): what approaches to recruitment and hiring result in high-performing, diverse teams in federal agencies; what strategies improve retention, engagement, inclusion, belonging, and wellbeing among federal employees, while reducing burnout and attrition; and what approaches build a strong, empowered, and diverse cohort across the federal government employee lifecycle?

Other topics include: how can federal agencies reduce administrative burdens in programs and services—including complicated, confusing, and time-consuming processes people may encounter when trying to access those programs and services; what approaches deliver an excellent customer experience with the federal government; and how can the federal government enhance the public’s trust?

Also: how can equity be advanced in the design, delivery, and evaluation of federal services; what organizational tools and management structures advance equity; and what larger organizational changes in agencies are needed to identify and address underlying barriers to advancing equity?

“OMB is working closely with agencies to initiate and support evidence building, research activities, and evaluations in support of this PMA Learning Agenda and agency Learning Agendas,” it says. “Agencies have published and begun implementing their Learning Agendas, seeking to answer the questions posed, many of which are aligned with the questions posed in this PMA Learning Agenda. In fiscal year 2023, OMB intends to share an update on PMA Learning Agenda efforts.”

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