The Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993 created a focus on strategic
planning never before seen in the Federal sector. In addition, agencies have made
significant progress in recent years in downsizing and restructuring their operations to
focus on results and customer service. If the Government is to continue to successfully
and effectively improve its operations, agency executives must make a conscious effort to
integrate strategic human resources management into their agencys planning and
decision making processes. After all -- even with all the financial resources, materials,
computers, buildings and facilities one can imagine -- without people there would be no
possibility of achieving results. We need to attend to our people, or human capital, and
their strategic value to have the most effective Government possible.
OPM has a key role
in promoting and encouraging strategic human resources management (SHRM). Indeed, a
fundamental component of human resource management (HRM) accountability is the link
between the agencys strategic goals and their human resource goals and systems. More
about the link between HRM accountability and strategic planning can be found in The
Human Resources Accountability Coverage Guide, and The HRM Accountability System Development Guide (PDF) (WP 5.1 ).
In addition, OPM coordinated meetings on strategic human resources management with
representatives from the Human Resource community, the strategic planning community, and
other organizations such as OMB, GAO, MSPB, NAPA, and NPR. The first meeting, held in
October 1998, was a roundtable discussion of the broad issues related to Strategic Human
Resources Management. The second meeting, held at OPM in March 1999, was a more focused
discussion on key terms and concepts, specifically the idea of "human capital."
The final document and reports from the first two of these meetings are provided here.
Strategic Human Resources Management: Aligning with the Mission,
341KB) (Text Version
Strategic Human Resources Management: Summary Report of a
Roundtable Discussion, October 22, 1998
37KB) (WP 5.1 Version
Strategic Human Resources Management: Discussion of Key Terms and
Concepts, March 10, 1999
16KB) (WP 5.1 Version
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We also provide links here to other organizations with useful information related to
strategic planning. This listing does not constitute any official recommendation for
or endorsement by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
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