OPM has proposed an overhaul of the framework for managing federal personnel policy, including describing workforce planning methods that agencies must follow, along with clarifying reporting requirements on agencies and the HRStat review process.
The proposed rules in the February 8 Federal Register would create a new Human Capital Framework to replace the Human Capital Assessment Accountability Framework, and would incorporate changes in law and initiatives of recent years.
The Human Capital Framework would have four main elements: strategic planning and alignment; talent management; performance culture; and evaluation. “These systems define good practices for effective and efficient human capital management and support the steps involved in the planning and goal setting, implementation, and evaluation of human capital initiatives in the federal government,” the notice says.
The regs also would require that an agency’s human capital management strategies, plans, and practices: be integrated with strategic plans, annual performance plans and goals, and other relevant budget, and acquisition plans; contain measurable and observable performance targets; be communicated in an open and transparent manner to facilitate cross-agency collaboration to achieve mission objectives; and inform the development of human capital management priority goals for the government.
The revised framework also is to include “resources that can assist in the development, implementation, and monitoring of sound strategic human capital practices.” These are to include a human capital strategic review process; use of HRStat to measure and analyze human capital data to improve performance and better align HR policies to the agency’s mission; and various technical changes.