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How Teamwork Has Kept DoD’s Workforce Planning Efforts on Track

Written by Chris Meadows and Fred Panzer.

Every two years, the Department of Defense (DoD) is required to deliver a strategic workforce plan (SWP) to Congress, outlining workforce challenges, opportunities, and strategies to address gaps. Despite facing numerous challenges during the fiscal year (FY) 2015-2016 strategic workforce planning assessment process, the synergy and coordination exhibited by the COE project team (Team COE) has kept DoD on track to deliver the FY 2016-2021 SWP to Congress on September 30, 2016. Read More


Government Transformation: Leaning Forward Leads to Change

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Building a resilient, engaged, energized and motivated workforce is the first step toward government transformation.  One way to build resiliency is to encourage employees to Lean Forward.

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Federal employees (and their managers) must be willing to participate in the dialogue that leads to lasting solutions.  Employees should seek out opportunities to learn something new and push themselves to find the most efficient and effective way to solve our government’s problems. It takes courage to try a new approach and challenge the way things have always been done. But it’s that questioning and challenging of the status quo that leads to real improvement. Read More


Government Transformation Starts with You

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Last week I had the opportunity to deliver the welcoming remarks at Human Capital Management Government (HCMG 2013), a premier Federal conference for HR practitioners that COE is proud to sponsor for the fifth year in a row. The message I most wanted to share with the leadership in attendance is the importance of resilience. It is a difficult time for federal employees, who are demotivated by budget cuts, hiring freezes, furloughs, and fragmented, partisan leadership. But now more than ever, federal employees need to recognize that the power to transform government isn’t in Congress or agency leadership, or the person in the cube next to you---the power is in you.

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