Terry Gerton, president & CEO of NAPA, Bill Valdez, president of the Senior Executives Association, discusses the impact the President’s Management Agenda will have on federal employees in its second year.
The President’s Management Agenda is one year old, and it’s already made impacts on policy. The document’s influence can be seen in the FY20 budget request. However, Bill Valdez, president of the Senior Executives Association, says that there are some barriers to widespread adoption of the agenda’s proposals. “The government has some structures that enable cross-fertilization of ideas, but it’s always a matter of rebuilding at the start of the administration, and establishing trust between the political appointees and the career senior executives and that takes time. That’s one big barrier,” Valdez said. “The second big barrier I think, is that we have a pretty good idea of what this PMA wants to do. It’s big, it’s bold, it’s different than what we’ve seen before. I’m not so sure that the bureaucracy is ready for that kind of big bold kind of initiative without some help.” Terry Gerton, president & CEO of NAPA, says that it’s ultimately up to Congress to determine what PMA initiatives get done. “…I would say get your enablers lined up, and your first big enabler is Congress. Everybody that’s a CAP goal leader or has an initiative in the PMA needs to be in constant contact with their congressional committees, because the second enabler is money,” Gerton said. “If you don’t have the congressional committees aligned and understanding the changes that you are trying to drive, the money won’t flow. There are some real initiatives here that are going to take some change in process, and some change in funding.”