The administration’s budget plan says that focus is continuing on one element of the President’s Management Agenda released last spring, what it calls the federal “workforce for the 21st Century.”

The main workforce goals under that plan include improving employee performance management and employee engagement; re-skilling and redeploying employees for higher-value work; and enabling simple and strategic hiring practices.


“The first year of implementation focused on defining a baseline for how agencies address poor performers, distribute financial awards, and hire staff,” it says. “The administration is using existing authority to remove barriers and fix processes.

“Examples include issuing direct hire authority for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics positions; modernizing Senior Executive Service processes; strengthening performance management; and acting to increase employee engagement. Going forward, this goal will focus on continuous improvement within agencies.”