Federal Manager's Daily Report

OMB has said that “tangible progress” has been made on the Biden administration’s President’s Management Agenda, citing directives issued in all three of the priority areas in the three months since that agenda was announced.

On the priority of “strengthening and empowering the federal workforce,” a posting on performance.gov cited conducting and issuing the results of the first “pulse survey” of some 2 million federal employees in 24 Cabinet departments and largest independent agencies.

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Those results showed for example that employees have more trust in their supervisors than they do in senior agency leadership on issues related to “reentry” to regular workplaces from maximum telework; and that many would be lured away to another job with more flexibility in work.

“More than a snapshot picture, the importance of this effort is its potential to provide ongoing, real-time input to our workforce, our managers, and our agency leaders,” OMB deputy director for management Jason Miller said in the posting.

On the priority of customer service, he cited the December executive order calling for three dozen specific improvements across 17 agencies; and in the area of managing the government business he cited the OMB memo calling on agencies to increase the share of their procurements going to small businesses, women-owned small businesses, service-disabled veteran owned small businesses, and small business contractors in Historically Underutilized Business Zones.

He also noted to the draft learning agenda issued in December seeking input on how the government can strengthen and empower its workforce, deliver programs effectively and build public trust, and advance equity and support underserved communities.

“Upon launching the PMA in November, we committed to steady progress and regular updates. We will maintain that commitment,” Miller added. “Near-term updates will include implementation specifics drilling down into the PMA priorities and strategies, including the leaders and teams who will spearhead the work ahead and the action plans and measures that will guide our ambitious efforts across agencies.”

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