There’s Reason For Optimism In Federal Personnel Management

Government Executive: The nomination of Jeff Tien Han Pon to head the Office of Personnel Management is a welcome development. I have not met Pon, but his credentials are exemplary. Previous OPM directors no doubt have been solid citizens who knew government, but aside from Beth Colbert, I do not recall any who had extensive experience in human resource management. That is as far back as Scotty Campbell, who is credited with the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978. Now it appears that OPM will be led by someone who has had reasons to understand the best HR practices in the private sector, the problems veterans have in transitioning from the military, and hands-on accountability for federal personnel management.  His experience is unique.

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