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This newsletter highlights two reports that focus on workforce and succession planning. Our newest report, "Best Practices for Succession Planning in Federal Government STEMM Positions," provides federal agencies that depend on science, technology, engineering, mathmatics, and medicine (STEMM) employees with steps to best recruit and plan for succession. In the report, "Seven Steps of Effective Workforce Planning," the author introduces a workforce planning model, which provides a sound framework for understanding the basic elements of workforce planning, and incorporates planning concepts from the Office of Personnel Management.
Authors: Gina Scott Ligon, JoDee Friedly, and Victoria Kennel
Job growth in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) professions is anticipated to increase faster than the supply of students studying in these fields. The federal government today is a major employer of STEMM graduates and will need more in the years ahead. Currently, there is no government-wide plan to recruit and train entry-level STEMM employees. Responsibility for recruitment and succession planning is left to each agency. This report outlines six steps for federal agencies dependent on STEMM employees to take now. The report also discusses how agencies’ STEMM leaders and human capital staffs can work together to ensure that their agencies have the right mix of expertise to meet mission requirements today and in the future.
Author: Ann Cotten
Using the Seven-Step Workforce Planning Model as an analytical framework, Dr. Cotten presents two case studies of workforce planning efforts in public sector organizations: the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Maryland State Highway Administration. She describes the challenges, success factors, and lessons learned from these two case studies.
This report walks the reader through the steps involved in workforce planning, including defining the organization's strategic direction; identifying current and future workforce needs; determining gaps; implementing strategies to close these gaps; and monitoring, evaluating, and revising the gap-closing strategies. (2007)
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