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DOD Transformation Bill’s
Human Capital Efforts
Should DOD and/or other agencies be granted broad-based exemptions from existing law, and if so, on what basis? Do agencies, including DOD, have the institutional infrastructure in place to make effective use of the new authorities?
Agencies should have modern, effective, and credible performance management systems that include adequate safeguards, including reasonable transparency and appropriate accountability mechanisms, to ensure the fair, effective, and non-discriminatory implementation of new systems. OPM should certify.
It would be more prudent and appropriate for the Congress to address certain authorities that DOD is seeking on a government-wide basis and in a manner that assures that appropriate performance management systems and safeguards are in place before the new authorities are implemented in any respective agency.
- This approach would accelerate needed human capital reform throughout the government in a manner that assures reasonable consistency on key principles within the overall civilian workforce.
- It also would provide agencies with reasonable flexibility while incorporating key safeguards to help maximize the chances of success and minimize the chances of abuse or significant litigation.