Senior Federal Human Resource (HR) leaders and Industry professionals specializing in HR services and programs gathered at the half day event, “2016 Presidential Transition – Insights and Advice for HR Leaders” on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at the Embassy Suites in Washington, DC.
- The morning began with a panel of leaders from SAIC, Washington D.C. Government, ICF International and the National Academy of Public Administration who have been through previous presidential transitions when they served as government executives. They shared the importance of open communication with transition teams in order to build trust, the appropriate way to help exiting employees and ensure they feel supported, tips on how to keep core projects relevant, and more!
- Following the first panel, two representatives from Department of Labor and Department of Education shared information about what their agencies have been doing, and are currently working on, for the 2016-2017 transition. Some of the items included:
- Hosting half day information sessions for exiting employees on how to keep health insurance, how to roll over their retirement, resources for new employment, and more. Employees' family members were also invited to attend these sessions
- Revamping onboarding processes and preparing to brief new appointees, but also briefing current executives on a cross-departmental work
- Preparing agency demographic data that will help incoming appointees 'get to know' the current employees
- Jeff Neal, senior vice president at ICF International, led a session on Human Capital Recommendations for the next administration and shared with attendees excerpts from the ACT-IAC Presidential Transition report that is soon to be released to the public. He then challenged attendees to break out into smaller groups and come up with their own recommendations for the next administration and report out to the room. He plans to incorporate their ideas into the final paper. To view Jeff's presentation, please click here.
- Mark Reinhold, CHCO, OPM, closed the morning by sharing insights into what OPM's role is during a presidential transition and sharing the secrets behind the Plum book!
ACT-IAC's Evolving the Workforce Community of Interest (EWF COI) lead the planning efforts for this event. The mission of the EWF COI is to bring industry and government executives together to exchange information, support professional development, improve communications and understanding, solve issues and build partnership and trust, thereby enhancing government's ability to serve the nation's citizenry.
For more information about the EWF COI, please click here.