U.S. Department of Agriculture Need for Improved Workforce Planning
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC RESOURCES COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIV
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This report describes the need for improved workforce planning and recommends that a framework be developed at the departmental level to guide USDA agencies in developing consistent and effective workforce plans. In summary, effective workforce planning is a vital tool to ensure that people with appropriate skills and training are in place to implement policies and programs now and in the future. Because USDA is faced with managing new technologies and cross-cutting program issues as well as rapidly changing workforce demographics, we believe the time is right to take steps toward systematically planning for its workforce needs. In recognition of this need, some agencies have taken steps to improve their workforce planning, but much more needs to be done. Specifically, USDAs Office of Personnel OP needs to develop and implement Department-wide workforce-planning guidelines and mechanisms for monitoring progress.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations