The Office of Personnel Management and agency partners say the rapid pace of emerging technology can make the goal of building the workforce of the future seem like a moving target.
OPM’s Hispanic Council is considering whether a new executive order would put more pressure on the president and cabinet agencies to improve diverse recruitment and retention.
The Office of Personnel Management is expanding its definition of “diversity.” It wants agencies to not only think about and study race, national origin and gender but also differences in age, experience and perspective. The goal is to get top agency leaders to think about diversity and inclusion as an enterprise-wide challenge, not just a human capital issue.
Hispanics represented 8.5 percent of the permanent federal workforce in 2015, a 0.1 percent bump over fiscal 2014’s numbers. Though 2015 marks the sixth consecutive year where the Hispanic federal population has increased, leaders within the Office of Personnel Management are noticeably disappointed that the progress is happening slowly.
Agencies say the guidance and tools that the Office of Personnel Management gives to department headquarters often does not filter down to components in the field. OPM began the first of its listening and training tours last week on the federal hiring process.