A Year's Workforce Retrospective at ACT-IAC Evolving the Workforce COI Meeting
NOTE: This meeting was rescheduled from March 18 to April 15.
Featured Topic: COVID - A year's retrospective and path forward
One year ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic and the US Government directed millions of Federal employees to work from home—creating a national experiment in remote work. The Biden Administration released the National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness on January 21, with seven distinct goals. In this session, discussion will focus on the vaccination campaign impact to the federal workforce; we believe you will find this session valuable as you work to optimize your agency’s workforce performance.
As we progress toward a return to “normal” ACT-IAC’s Evolving the Workforce Community of Interest invites you and members of your team to join us for a broad-ranging panel discussion on the impact of the pandemic on the Government workforce, looking back and looking forward. Our panelists will share insights from Government, law and policy, and commercial perspectives.
This special session will feature Professor Ana Santos Rutschman, a member of President Biden’s COVID-19 Innovation Committee. An expert in vaccine law and policy, Dr. Rutschman is assigned to the COVID-19 Response Subcommittee. She will share her expertise and insight regarding mandatory vaccination policies for Federal employees and contractors, including potential pitfalls and challenges ahead, and provide a window in the new administration’s plan for the Federal and contractor workforce after COVID-19. Also presenting will be Dr. Anthony Harris, WorkCare's Chief Innovation Officer and Associate Medical Director – Onsite Clinical Operations. He will give his perspective on what "normal" work looks like when the country gets back to normal. Rounding out the panel will be James P. Craft, Deputy Associate Director, Senior Executive Service and Performance Management at the Office of Personnel Management. Mr. Craft will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on National Security Emergency Preparedness (NSEP) planning and transforming the Government to a post Covid-19 world.
- Rob Shriver, Associate Director for Employee Services, Office of Personnel Management
- Anthony Harris, MD, MBA, MPH, Chief Innovation Officer and Associate Medical Director – Onsite Clinical Operations, WorkCare
- Ana Santos Rutschman, SJD, Assistant Professor, Center for Health Law Studies, Center for International and Comparative Law, St. Louis University; Member of Biden Administration COVID-19 Innovation Committee
About the Panelists
Rob Shriver has spent his 25-year career working to improve government. He has held senior roles leading legal, policy, operations, and IT teams in the federal, state, non-profit, and private sectors. Rob is currently the Associate Director for Employee Services at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. In this role, Rob is the lead executive in charge of government-wide HR policy for the Bidden-Harris Administration. His portfolio includes recruiting and hiring, pay and leave, labor relations, performance management, the Senior Executive Service, work-life, telework, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
This is Rob’s second stint at OPM. In 2009, Rob joined President Obama’s Administration as OPM’s Deputy General Counsel for Policy. In that role, he led the development, legal review, and implementation of major government-wide initiatives, including:
- Improving labor relations in the Federal sector;
- Expanding domestic partner benefits for LGBT Federal employees and their families;
- Reforming the Federal hiring system, including replacing the controversial Federal Career Intern Program with the new pathways program for students and recent graduates;
- Increasing diversity and inclusion in the Federal workforce, including improving employment opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities; and
- Advancing gender pay equality.
From 2012-2014, Rob served as OPM’s Assistant Director for National Healthcare Operations. He led the creation of a new program under the ACA called the Multi-State Plan program. He launched the program within 11 months of his appointment and led its growth to cover 400,000 people in 36 states and the District of Columbia within two years.
Rob then moved to state government, serving from 2014-18 as the Director of Marketplace Innovation, Policy, and Operations at the District of Columbia Health Benefit Exchange Authority. He oversaw all operations and technology for DC’s on-line health insurance marketplace—DC Health Link. Recognized as one of the top Exchanges in the country, Rob was responsible for the end-to-end experience of the 100,000 customers served by DC Health Link.
In 2018, Rob joined the private sector as the Vice President for Business Development of IdeaCrew, Inc. IdeaCrew is a full-services technology firm specializing in Agile, cloud-based solutions for customers with complex problems. Rob worked with policymakers in state governments across the country on policy, operations, and technology to improve the health care experience of their residents and small businesses.
Rob began his career as an Assistant Counsel for the National Treasury Employees Union, litigating cases at all levels of the Federal judiciary. Over the span of his 13-year career at NTEU, Rob handled many of the union’s highest priority, precedent-setting cases involving labor law, administrative law, and constitutional law.
Anthony Harris, MD, MBA, MPH
Dr. Harris is WorkCare’s Chief Innovation Officer and Associate Medical Director – Onsite Clinical Operations. He leads our COVID-19 clinical response team. He has helped guide the development of our suite of disease prevention and management solutions, including automated daily screening, risk assessment, triage, testing and return-to-work clearances. He serves as a company medical director and is responsible for our Bio-Ergonomic Surveillance program using wearable technology.
Dr. Harris joined WorkCare in 2017. He previously served as Medical Director of Community Occupational Medicine, a full-service occupational health program in northern Indiana. Dr. Harris is board-certified in occupational medicine. He earned his Medical and Master of Business Administration degrees at the Indiana University School of Medicine and Kelly School of Business, respectively. He earned his Master’s Degree in Public Health at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Dr. Harris completed two years of general surgery training and obtained fellowship training in bio-design and innovation at the University of Missouri. He leverages his training and passion as an inventor to his role as Chief Innovation Officer. He is based in Chicago, Ill.
Ana Santos Rutschman, SJD
Ana Santos Rutschman, is an Assistant Professor, Center for Health Law Studies, Center for International and Comparative Law with St. Louis University. She is also a member of President Biden’s COVID-19 Innovation Committee. An expert in vaccine law and policy, Dr. Rutschman is assigned to the COVID-19 Response Subcommittee. Her practice areas include Health Law, Food and Drug Law, and Intellectual Property.
Rutschman has published and presented widely on topics related to health law, food and drug regulation, intellectual property, innovation in the life sciences, and law and technology. Recent presentations have covered topics related to vaccines and other biotechnologies, healthcare blockchain, e-health and artificial intelligence in medicine. Her legal scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in UCLA Law Review, Emory Law Journal, Arizona Law Review, Yale Law Journal Forum, University of Chicago Legal Forum, Michigan Law Review Online, Annals of Health Law and Duke Law and Technology Review, among others. Her peer-reviewed work has appeared in the Journal of Law and the Biosciences, the American Journal of Infection Control and Emerging Infectious Diseases. Her commentary pieces have been published by The Huffington Post and The Conversation and reprinted in Scientific American, Newsweek Japan and newspapers around the U.S., including the Chicago Tribune. Her ongoing book, Vaccines as Technology: Innovation, Barriers and the Public Interest, is under contract with Cambridge University Press.