HR Highlights – OPM Shifts Human Capital Officers
Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is revamping its human capital
staff to better meet the needs of federal HR professionals like you.
This includes changing the title and role of its Human Capital Officers
(HCO), now known as HR Strategists. The HR Strategists are being asked
to partner with you to design, implement and assess pilot projects in
areas such as skills gap closure, workforce restructuring, and other
priority areas of HR. They’ll also participate in events that reach
across government agencies including VA to collect and share innovative
ideas and best practices related to people management and leadership.
The title change reflects the HR Strategists’ new strategic responsibilities and is part of a larger effort by OPM to establish the Center for Strategic Workforce Planning within its Employee Services division (ESD). The purpose of the Center is to focus on the following key areas:
According to the January 25 memorandum
from Angela Bailey, OPM’s Associate Director, “The HCO’s will shift
their focus from servicing a specific list of agencies, to driving
innovative new practices across government through pilot projects that
address the Administration’s most critical priorities.” The HCO’s
former day-to-day HR-related functions will be integrated into the
responsibilities of OPM’s policy offices, she said.
As VA’s HR community continues to work to address the needs of its customers, OPM’s ongoing changes will enable you to think in a new and different way about the work that you do. The shift in focus will give HR professionals a direct line to policy office staff for guidance on a variety of HR-related issues (i.e. employment programs, policy advisories and approvals, and technical assistance). HR professionals will also have a greater opportunity to share ideas on policies, solutions and practices directly with policy staff who work closely with these issues.
Overall, the Center is designed to help you accomplish your goals and objectives as an HR professional. OPM’s new direction will help you continue to identify future personnel requirements, as well as, attract, train, recognize, reward and retain the right individuals to ensure VA’s future success.
Boot Camp Update: Atten-TION!! HR Academy Boot Camp is now in session!
Recently, our first Boot Camp cohort completed Phase 1 of their course instruction and we are hearing a lot of
positive feedback from participants. Due to the amount of enthusiasm
for the program and the large number pf participants, we created a
second Boot Camp cohort.The application deadline for students and
coaches was March 8th, and again we received an overwhelming response
from you, our HR community. We are already working on dates for the
third Boot Camp offering so as many of you as possible will have the
chance to participate.
If you are selected to participate in Boot Camp, please remember that by submitting the application you commit to attend every session. We ask that if you are unable to meet this commitment, please cancel your registration in a timely manner to allow another colleague the chance to take advantage of this opportunity.
Soon, you will see Boot Camp success stories, interviews with Boot Camp graduates, and a behind-the-scenes look at how Boot Camp was created, all right here in the HR Academy Connection. Stay tuned!
No Travel, No Cost, No Worries!Registration for HR Academy’s Spring 2013 virtual curriculum is now open. This spring, in addition to some of our more popular courses, we are pleased to announce the addition of seven NEW virtual course offerings. Two of the seven, Leveraging Multicultural and Multigenerational Diversity and Determining Service Computation Dates, have never before been offered (virtually or in-person) by HR Academy. The other five courses, offered previously by HR Academy in a face-to-face learning environment, are now being offered virtually; those courses include:
Virtual Learning Success Stories
HR Academy is constantly seeking ways to promote and improve its virtual learning program. Sharing your success stories is a great way to do that. In last month’s HR Academy Connection, we asked for your success stories and here’s what we heard:
“For a virtual environment, I thought the course went very well. I will use this format again without hesitation.”
“I enjoyed the course overall and really enjoyed the presentation format. I enjoyed the interactivity of the overall Blackboard course as well as enjoyed the activities, polling and question/answer format."
Want to see what others are saying about HR Academy’s virtual learning? Go to the Virtual Learning webpage to read more or share your own story by contacting the Training Administrator at email@example.com.
Find the Right Career Path for You
you want to have a better understanding of where you currently are as a
VA HR professional, and explore where you want to be in the future? Are
you interested in participating in one of HR Academy’s virtual course
offerings, but don’t know which one will give you the knowledge and
skills to help advance your career? Why not start by taking the Career
Planning Workshop. This course is hands-on and tailored to
address your specific career needs. It is designed to help you identify
the developmental experiences you need today to strengthen your
compentencies, as well as potential career opportunities in the
The HR Academy defines a competency as “a standardized job requirement for an individual to properly perform a specific job or role. It is observable and measurable. Competencies are a combination of knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs), attitudes and behaviors used to improve performance”. This is just one of the topics covered during the Career Mapping course.
Other topics include:
The Career Mapping
course gives you what you need to take control of your career. For more
information about this course, including upcoming course dates, visit
the HR Academy Learning webpage. Look for this course under Register for Scheduled Courses (A-E).