Jeffrey Neal, senior vice president of ICF and Dan Chenok, executive director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government, discuss the President’s Management Agenda’s workforce and tech initiatives, and how they will impact the federal enterprise.
The President’s Management Agenda takes a three-pronged approach to overhauling government, but perhaps the most important element is the workforce. Jeffrey Neal, senior vice president of ICF, says that there are a few good workforce ideas to come out of the administration’s plan, but some show cause for concern. “The cyber reskilling initiative actually is a very good idea. There’s a pilot running and so they’ll see how it works. If that works out well, then it will probably grow in the cyber area and in some other occupations. Some of the other things that are included In recent proposals and the PMA are less popular,” Neal said. “Some of the cuts to federal retirement benefits, that’s an issue that people are concerned about. Downsizing of some agencies, people are concerned about, and basically abolishing the Office of Personnel Management is also something folks have been concerned about. There aren’t a lot of pieces of candy in the Easter basket for folks in the PMA right now. But I think there are going to be things that will come out of this that people will be much happier with.” Dan Chenok, executive director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government, says that the PMA builds well upon prior administrations’ plans, and introduced some interesting proposals “I give great credit to the current leaders of the management agenda for both continuing in different ways in the technology space and the workforce space, adding data strategy which is really a new landmark element of a president’s management agenda, and also increasing the outreach to academia.” “Administrations have done this in different ways, but this administration, through the potential of the GEAR center; partnering with groups like the National Academy of Public Administration, the Volker Alliance and their government to university initiative, has really embraced the idea that you can look outside of the Washington axis to experts from across the country and around the world to contribute ideas.”