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Leadership Forum Archive

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May 12, 2009

"What are the competencies needed by the HR Professional community to become a more valued partner to new agency political leaders?" It is one thing to say, “I would like to be a strategic partner,” but what are the competencies necessary to fulfill that role?

Feb 19, 2009

“How can the effective management of real property help my organization increase employee productivity, improve operational success, and alleviate budget constraints?”

Sep 30, 2008

National security, seamless public policy implementation, and the ability to respond to new crises are significant concerns during Presidential transitions. Many political appointees enter public service with misconceptions about the skill, dedication, and professionalism of members of the Senior Executive Service and those they lead. Similarly, executive branch public servants also carry initial assumptions about incoming appointees What actions might members of the Senior Executive Service and others take to close the “misunderstanding gap” and create the trust necessary to maximize the productivity of the Executive Branch is an important question to address and resolve.
Summary | Agenda

Jan 23, 2008

"What specific actions might agencies take to retain the best and brightest Gen X, Y, and Millenials by leveraging their commitment to public service?" Please join us for a discussion by three very experienced persons about how an agency’s personnel system might be altered to leverage applicant and existing employee commitment to public service. Speakers: James Perry, Professor, Indiana University; John Palguta, Vice President for Policy and Research, Partnership for Public Service; and James McDermott, Chief Human Capital Officer, Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Presentation1 | Presentation2 | Presentation3

Oct 4, 2007

It has been argued that pay for performance is needed in the federal government to attract, retain, and motivate the federal workforce to achieve increased organizational productivity. Given the fact that the GS system covers the vast majority of federal employees and is unlikely to change in the near future, are there actions agencies might take to meet the criticism that the GS System does not attract and fails to motivate the high performing employees who the government needs to address the ever more complex challenges the federal government faces? For example, is it possible to leverage federal employees’ predisposition to public service? What impact would a performance management system have?

May 29, 2007

“What is your experience planning and implementing a performance management system?” It is easy to mandate the creation of a performance management system. For those directed to design and implement a performance management system, it is always much more time consuming, challenging, and frustrating than imagined. Changing from “output” to “outcome” measures, defining how individuals contribute to “outcome” measures, and changing from an evaluation system where “works hard” means “outstanding” to one where “works hard” is interesting, but “results” are necessary to achieve “outstanding.
Agenda | Evaluations | Invitation | Presentation | Summary

Apr 10, 2007

Transforming the Organization - How to create a plan to effectively use the data from the Federal Human Capital survey to most effectively address the key problems identified by employees. OPM recently released the Federal Human Capital Survey, and the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government analysis is about to be released. The question for most agencies is how to use the data to address the problems and increase the scores. Mariangela Battista has extensive experience leveraging data from employee surveys to increase Starwood productivity. Jeffrey Saltzman has broad experience conducting surveys and assisting organizations to effectively use the results in federal, state, and local governments, as well as in the private sector.
Summary | Agenda | Evaluations | Presentation

Mar 1, 2007

“What actions might agencies take to enhance managerial acceptance for teleworking?” Congress and OPM are doing everything possible, including threatened punishment, to encourage agencies to increase telework opportunities. Yet significant resistance remains. Learn how one agency is successfully overcoming the resistance and OPM plans for telework in the future.
Summary | Evaluations | Presentation

Oct 18, 2005

Jerry D. Weast, Ed.D., superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools; Bonnie Cullison, president, Montgomery County Education Association; Merle Cuttitta, president, SEIU-Local 500; and Rebecca K. Newman, Ed.D., president, Montgomery County Association of Administrative and Supervisory Personnel will be addressing "Is it possible to discharge more poor performers, and improve marginal performers using joint employee/management peer groups sponsored by union leaders and the Superintendent of Schools in Montgomery County Maryland whose job is to evaluate and attempt to improve performance?"
Summary | Evaluations

Jul 12, 2005

Leif Peterson, Deputy Director of Personnel, Air Force Material Command and Scott Blanch, President, AFGE Council 214, discussed "Can a collaborative labor-management relationship survive NSPS?"
Summary | Agenda | Attendees | Evaluations

Jun 14, 2005

The next meeting of the Leadership Forum will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. Donal Murphy, Deputy Director of the National Park Service, will address, "How does an agency create the strategic partnerships with non-profits and the private sector entities that will improve an agency's ability to achieve its organizational goals and objectives?"
Summary | Agenda | Attendees | Evaluations | Presentation

May 17, 2005

John Aguirre, Director, Administrative Operations Service, Program Support Center, Department of Health and Human Services and Julie Ryan, Human Performance Manager, Accenture addressed, "What process might an agency use to create a common understanding across the organization of the human capital needs and support systems necessary to successfully adjust for real and expected changes in major business processes?"
Summary | Agenda | Attendees | Evaluations | Presentation

Apr 12, 2005

Clay Johnson III, Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget addressed, "How do we increase the leadership capacity of the managers in the federal government in order to increase agency performance, and whose responsibility is it?"

Mar 8, 2005

Robert Shea, Counselor to the Deputy Director for Management, and Marta Brito Perez, Associate Director for Human Capital Leadership and Merit System Accountability, Office of Personnel Management will address, "Is it possible to create a performance culture in the federal government?"
Summary | Agenda | Attendees | Evaluations | Presentation1 | Presentation2

Feb 8, 2005

Steve Nelson, director, Office of Policy and Evaluation, United States Merit Systems Protection Board addressed the question, "As the head of an agency, if my goal is to increase agency performance, should I spend my next marginal dollar on a pay for performance system or increasing employee engagement?"
Summary | Agenda | Attendees | Evaluations | Presentation

Jan 11, 2005

Dr. Linda M. Combs, Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs and CFO, Department of Transportation, and Jesus Delgado-Jenkins, Acting Assistant Secretary for Management and CFO, Department of Treasury, addressed the question, “Knowing what I know now, what would I have done differently then to achieve the Department’s goals and objectives?”
Summary | Agenda | Attendees | Evaluations | Presentation

Nov 2, 2004

David Robinson, National Chief IRS Appeals; Karen Ammons, Deputy Chief, IRS Appeals; and Tony Ciotola, Partner, Signature Resources addressed "What actions can an agency take to transform itself to meet the challenge of major public policy implementation effort?"
Summary | Agenda | Attendees | Evaluations | Presentation

Sep 28, 2004

John Kamensky, associate partner and senior fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government and Tom Tolley, General Services Administration, Office of Business Operations, GSA Public Building Service addressed the question, "Should we use a balanced scorecard to enchance agency performance, and, if so, how do I make it happen?"
Summary | Agenda | Attendees | Evaluations | Presentation1 | Presentation2

Aug 3, 2004

Mark Vallaster, partner, Accenture, and Todd Grams, chief information officer, Internal Revenue Service, addressed the question, "What are the lessons learned about the role of agency business leaders in the diagnosis, design, testing, and implementation of complex information techology efforts?"
Summary | Agenda | Attendees | Evaluations

Jun 22, 2004

Theresa Prych, Minority Staff Director, Senate Governmental Affairs, Oversight of Government, Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of Columbia discussed " What are the barriers to promptly implementing a category rating program?"

May 18, 2004

Marsha Marsh, Vice President, Agency Partnerships, Partnership for Public Service addressed the question, "How do we make the development of leadership capacity a strategic priority?"

Mar 30, 2004

Ron Sanders, Associate Director at OPM, Steve Nelson, Director at MSPB, and Dr. Howard Risher discussed "If the goal is to create a high performing federal government, what are the minimum elements that must be included if Congress grants an agency, or the remaining civilian agencies, personnel flexibilities similar to those granted to DHS and DOD?"
Summary | Agenda | Attendees | Evaluations

Feb 24, 2004

Carol Gabica from the Harris Corporation, a private sector partner with the MEO headed by Robert McMullen created to compete with private sector tecnology firms for 2,700 FAA jobs involving 58 flight service stations across the United States discussed "What potential value added comes from an MEO forming a public/private partnership?"
Summary | Agenda | Attendees | Evaluations | Presentation

Jan 13, 2004

Frank Partlow, Chief of Staff, Government Printing Office led a discussion concerning "What is the leadership strategy necessary for leading successful transformational efforts?"
Summary | Agenda | Attendees | Evaluations

Nov 18, 2003

Stanley Kaczmarczyk, Director, Innovative Workplaces Division, General Services Administration; Abby Block, Deputy Associate Director, Employee and Family Support Policy , Office of Personnel Management; and Howard Friedman, President, NTEU Chapter 245 discussed "What actions can/should agency leaders and unions take to fully implement the statutory telework policy?"

Sep 10, 2003

Stephanie Shipman, Assistant Director, Applied Research and Methods Team at GAO and author of "Program Evaluation, An Evaluation Culture and Collaborative Partnerships Help Build Agency Capacity" (GAO-03-454), Dr. Raymond Owings, Associate Administrator for Advanced Research and Analysis at the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, and Commander Robert Dubois, Planning and Management Analyst at the United States Coast Guard discussed "What are the steps necessary to develop an agency culture that conducts meaningful program evaluations and uses the results to improve program outcomes?"

Jul 15, 2003

John Bovenzi, Deputy to the Chairman and Chief Operative Officer Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and, Frank Ferris, Executive Vice President, National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), addressed, "Is Collective Bargaining Incompatible with a Pay for Performance System?"

Jun 3, 2003

Nancy Kingsbury, Managing Director, Applied Research and Methods Team, U.S. General Accounting Office, and Peter Fricke, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, NOAA, discussed "What Actions Can/Should Agencies Take to Understand Their Customer in Order to Increase Their Effectiveness?"

Apr 22, 2003

Todd Singleton, a partner at Accenture, and Dave Mader, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, at the Internal Revenue Service, discussed "What is the appropriate role of outsourcing in achieving an effective strategic human resources program?"

Mar 4, 2003

Lynn Scarlett, Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and the Budget at the Department of the Interior, and Kerry N. Weems, Acting Assistant Secretary for Budget, Finance and Technology, Department of Health and Human Services discussed "Should a manager use GPRA, PART, the President's management agenda, and/or something else (e.g. taxpayer satisfaction) to measure whether an agency is high performing?"

Jan 14, 2003

A panel of political appointees, Teresa Ressel, Acting Assistant Secretary for Management, Department of Treasury; Morris X. Winn, Assistant Administrator for Administration and Resource Management, Environmental Protection Agency; and Alisa Harrison, Press Secretary and Director of Communications, Department of Agriculture discussed, "What are the most significant public management leadership attributes I have developed as a political appointee in President Bush's administration?"

Nov 12, 2002

Ginger Groeber, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Civilian Personnel Policy Department of Defense, Ray Woolner, President of the Professional Managers Association, and Brian DeWyngaert, Executive Assistant to the President of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) discussed "Is Broad Banding Critical to Creating High Performing Agencies, and, If So, What Barriers Exist to Its Implementation?"

Oct 1, 2002

James Marpe from Accenture, Mark Herndon from Watson Wyatt, and Keith Jones from ThinkShed addressed "What actions should leaders take to most effectively merge separate organizational cultures to create high performance organizations?"

Aug 20, 2002

Professor Paul C Nutt from Ohio State University addressed "Why 50 percent of all public and private sector management decisions fail within two years?"

May 13, 2002

Ed DeSeve, Professor of Public Administration at the University of Maryland and Former Deputy Director for Management at OMB discussed "How do I determine if my agency is ready for the change I need to implement?"

Apr 9, 2002

Dan Blair, Deputy Director of OPM and Chris Mihm, Managing Director of Human Capital Development at the GAO discussed "Will achieving level 3 of the GAO Strategic Human Capital Maturity Model achieve increased agency productivity and customer satisfaction?"

Mar 5, 2002

Professor Hal Rainey and Carol Bonosaro, President of the Senior Executive Association discussed "Should agencies have the authority to pay a limited number of critical persons a salary equal to that paid to the Vice President?"

Jan 15, 2002

Environmental Protection Agency Inspector General Nikki Tinsley and Robert Shea, Counsel to the Senate Committee on Government Operations "Can an Inspector General meet the needs of Congress to uncover agency fraud, waste, and abuse, and the needs of an agency for effective program evaluation?"

Dec 4, 2001

Leonora Guarraia, Chief Operating Officer of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Ellen Engleman, Administrator for Research and Special Programs Administration for the Department of Transportation made presentations addressing the question, "In light of September 11th, what must the federal government do to enhance its continuity of government operations planning?"

Oct 16, 2001

Robert Marshak, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor at American University, and President of Robert Marshak and Associates on "What Does Agency Culture Mean and How Can It Be Changed?"

Sep 10, 2001

Thomas R. Herlihy Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Paul R. Gentille Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the Comptroller of the Currency will be addressing "What process must an agency create to implement a new financial system effectively, on time and on budget?"

Jul 18, 2001

Presentation by OMB Deputy Director Sean O’Keefe: "What system will OMB use to allocate resources between new public policy initiatives, important public policy initiatives that are failing and need more funds, and public policy initiatives that have been successful at meeting their outcome measures and need more funds to be even more successful?"

Jun 6, 2001

Kevin M. Laudano, an Associate Partner from Accenture, George Molaski, former CIO at the Department of Transportation, and Mayi Canales, Deputy CIO at the Department of Treasury and co-chair of the E-Gov Committee of the Federal CIO Council made presentations on the subject of Enterprise Application Integration (EAI). which refers to how agencies might integrate information technology across an agency, between agencies, and between federal agencies and state and local governments to better implement public policy.

Mar 26, 2001

Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer of the Stanford University Business School and the author of The Knowing-Doing Gap, How Smart Companies Turn Knowledge into Action, made a presentation on why agencies know what to do to improve their productivity and customer satisfaction and yet fail to take action."

Feb 6, 2001

Presentation by Comptroller General David Walker, on "How is budget creation and implementation transformed from dollars appropriated and spent to human capital created and public policy implemented?”

Nov 13, 2000

Panel Presentations by Mort Downey, Deputy Secretary, Department of Transportation and Dennis Duffy, Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning, Department of Veteran Affairs on "What do I know now that I wish I had known then in order to better implement public policy in a transition period?"

Oct 16, 2000

Panel presentation by Robert Mallett, Deputy Secretary, Department of Commerce, Bobby Harnage, President of the American Federation of Government Employees, and John Euler, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Senior Executive Association on the role of effective partnerships in achieving effective public policy implementation. In addition, Professors Marc Holzer and Jack Donahue provided comments and papers on the presentations.

Sep 18, 2000

A panel presentation by Congressman Tom Davis and Frank Wolf on "What can Congress do to create and maintain a dialogue with heads of agencies?"

Jun 13, 2000

Leadership Forum organizing meeting. Members and potential members met to discuss the meeting norms, schedule, and topics for discussion.