Human capital (21 - 30 of 67 items)
Human Capital: Workforce Diversity Governmentwide and at the Department of Homeland Security
GAO-08-815T: Published: May 21, 2008. Publicly Released: May 21, 2008.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was created from a disparate group of agencies with multiple missions, values, and cultures into a cabinet department whose goals are to, among other things, protect U.S. borders and infrastructure, improve intelligence and information sharing, and prevent and respond to potential terrorist attacks. GAO designated the implementation and transformation of D...
Human Capital: Corps of Engineers Needs to Update Its Workforce Planning Process to More Effectively Address Its Current and Future Workforce Needs
GAO-08-596: Published: May 7, 2008. Publicly Released: May 7, 2008.
With a workforce of about 35,000, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) provides engineering services for civil works and military programs in the United States and overseas. Recently, the Corps' focus has shifted to also support contingency operations, such as responding to natural disasters. To meet its mission and emerging priorities, the Corps must have effective human capital planning...
U.S. Government Accountability Office: Human Capital Initiatives and Additional Legislative Authorities
GAO-08-573T: Published: Mar 13, 2008. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 2008.
Today's testimony discusses several important topics: (1) provisions of H.R. 3268, the GAO Act, that would bolster our ability to attract and retain a highly skilled and diverse workforce needed to serve the Congress and provide for operational improvements and administrative efficiencies; (2) steps we are taking to establish and maintain a constructive working relationship with the GAO Employees...
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: Hiring Efforts Are Not Sufficient to Reduce the Patent Application Backlog
GAO-08-527T: Published: Feb 27, 2008. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2008.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) helps protect U.S. competitiveness by granting patents for new ideas and innovations. Increases in the volume and complexity of patent applications have extended the time for processing them. Concerns continue about the agency's efforts to attract and retain qualified patent examiners who can meet the demand for patents and help reduce the growing backl...
Human Capital: Building Diversity in GAO's Senior Executive Service
GAO-08-275T: Published: Nov 13, 2007. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 2007.
A high-performance organization relies on a dynamic workforce with the requisite talents, multidisciplinary knowledge, and up-todate skills to ensure that it is equipped to accomplish its mission and achieve its goals. For GAO having a diverse workforce and Senior Executive Service (SES)corps is an organizational strength that contributes to the achievement of results by bringing a wider variety o...
NASA: Progress Made on Strategic Human Capital Management, but Future Program Challenges Remain
GAO-07-1004: Published: Aug 8, 2007. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 2007.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is engaged in efforts to replace the Space Shuttle with the next generation of human space flight systems and implement the President's space exploration policy. To do this, NASA must recruit, develop, and retain certain critical skills in its workforce, guided by its strategic human capital management plan. GAO was asked to examine the exte...
Human Capital: Retirements and Anticipated New Reactor Applications Will Challenge NRC's Workforce
GAO-07-105: Published: Jan 17, 2007. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 2007.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is responsible for licensing and inspecting the nation's nuclear power plants to ensure their safety and security. By 2010, about one third of NRC's workforce with mission-critical skills will be eligible to retire. At the same time, NRC's workforce needs to expand because NRC expects to receive at least 20 applications for 29 new nuclear power reactors begi...
Securities and Exchange Commission: Some Progress Made on Strategic Human Capital Management
GAO-06-86: Published: Jan 10, 2006. Publicly Released: Feb 9, 2006.
Corporate failures and accounting scandals led to changes in legislation governing U.S. securities markets, which resulted in increased workload demands on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). As a result, Congress provided SEC with substantial budgetary increases to obtain more resources to help fulfill the agency's mission. GAO was asked to review SEC's strategic workforce planning effo...
Intellectual Property: USPTO Has Made Progress in Hiring Examiners, but Challenges to Retention Remain
GAO-05-720: Published: Jun 17, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 2005.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is responsible for issuing U.S. patents that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. Recent increases in both the complexity and volume of patent applications have increased the time it takes to process patents and have raised concerns about the validity of the patents USPTO issues. Adding to these challenges is the difficulty th...
Human Capital: Preliminary Observations on Proposed DOD National Security Personnel System Regulations
GAO-05-432T: Published: Mar 15, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2005.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) new human resources management system--the National Security Personnel System (NSPS)--will have far-reaching implications for the management of the department and for civil service reform across the federal government. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 gave DOD significant authorities to redesign the rules, regulations, and processes that...