White House to merge CHCO Council and President’s Management Council

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Robert Tobias, professor at American University’s Key Executive Leadership Programs, discusses the workforce initiatives the Trump administration is focusing on, and how they could impact workers.


The Trump administration is planning to be more strategic about their workforce initiatives in the future. Instead of working on several smaller plans, the administration will start pursuing ideas have the biggest impacts. The first action of this new strategy is to merge the Chief Human Capital Officer Council with the President’s Management Council. Robert Tobias, professor at American University’s Key Executive Leadership Programs, says that if the administration plays their cards right, the merger could lead to great things.

“It could be fantastic, if indeed the CHCOs have a place at the strategic planning table.

If they are sitting along as back‑benchers, it will be a tremendous waste of time. What the administration wants to focus on is artificial intelligence, and there are those who suggest that if artificial intelligence is actually incorporated into the federal government, 20 percent of the work that is currently done will disappear. Now, if that is treated solely as an IT issue, my prediction is that it will fall into the 80 percent of IT failures,” Tobias said. “But, if it is indeed treated as an organizational change effort where the design, the implementation, the workforce planning are… enterprise wide, there’s a chance for it to be successful. But that requires CHCOs to be at the table.”