Federal Manager's Daily Report

Agencies continued to identify hiring top talent as “one of the most significant risks to achieving their mission.

The administration has released an update of activities in 2019 toward its “high-performance government goal,” saying that among the more than 300 specific agency objectives, 45 were identified as making especially noteworthy progress while about the same number, 43, were termed as needing additional focus.

“Strategic objective categorizations are often driven by a plurality of factors, such as: budget, legislative authorities, and administrative rules or authorities; administrative management factors such as human capital and IT; and management or operational processes contingent on inter-governmental relationships or partnerships,” says a posting on performance.gov.

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It said that in the strategic reviews with OMB, agencies continued to identify hiring top talent as “one of the most significant risks to achieving their mission.” One response was the OPM memo last fall reminding agencies of the hiring flexibilities available to them.

The post also highlighted: continued efforts to incorporate enterprise risk management to prioritize and allocate resources based on risk and to a more risk-aware culture within agencies; focusing on clear goals such as violent crime reduction, water conservation and increasing contracts with small disadvantaged businesses; and revising the performance framework in light of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018.

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