Developing Senior Executive Capabilities to Address National Priorities

 

Developing Senior Executive Capabilities to Address National Priorities

Developing Senior Executive Capabilities to Address National Priorities
Developing Senior Executive Capabilities to Address National Priorities
This report is intended to spark a discussion of how to create a cadre of experienced career senior executives who can lead major, cross-agency initiatives on national priorities

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Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 - 12:05
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This report is intended to spark a discussion of how to create a cadre of experienced career senior executives who can lead major, cross-agency initiatives on national priorities. The Senior Executive Service (SES) corps today is chiefly composed of highly skilled professionals in specific mission functions, with relatively few having cross-agency expertise.

Recent trends in government have created a new demand for cross-agency capabilities. This report attempts to offer a practical, targeted approach for meeting this demand. It is divided into two parts:

  • The first part assesses the creation of a subset of experienced SES members who would be designated government-wide cross-agency leaders, and would take on assignments involving multiple agencies focusing on common goals.  These executives would be part of a new corporate executive management office under the direction of the President’s Management Council or another governmentwide sponsor such as the Performance Improvement Council.
  • The second part is a case study of how the Department of Veterans Affairs created a corporate senior executive management office to more effectively develop, manage, and deploy its senior executive corps department-wide.  This approach could be adapted either as a governmentwide effort or by other major federal departments.

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