Federal Workplace Expert Mika Cross sits down with Colby Hochmuth to discuss OPM Director Jeff Pon’s efforts to make chief human capital officers more involved at agencies, and takeaways from the OPM Work-Life Survey.
Office of Personnel Management Director Jeff Pon thinks that federal agencies should bring the role of Chief Human Capital Officer into upper management, and be highly involved in the decision-making process at agencies. “I believe the role of the CHCO should be assigned to an individual at a very senior-level who has the trust of the Secretary or agency head and serves as an integral part of the leadership team. The CHCO should share accountability with the other members of the leadership team for the agency’s bottom line performance, mission results, accountability, and best use of taxpayer money,” Pon wrote in a memo to agency heads this week. According to Federal Workplace Expert Mika Cross, Pon’s memo indicates that he wants to bring the job duties of human capital officer closer to their original description in the 2002 CHCO Act. “When you’re thinking about tying human capital strategies to agency priorities, mission goals and the ability for organizations to drive efficacy and performance accountability…all things in the President’s Management Agenda, strengthening and understanding what the role of the CHCO is designed to do and ensuring they have a seat at the table is imperative…” Cross told Government Matters.