Accession Number:



Enhancing the Department's Management Capabilities "Excellence in Supervision"

Descriptive Note:

Rept. to the Secretary of Defense

Corporate Author:


Personal Author(s):

Report Date:


Pagination or Media Count:



The following report represents the findings and recommendations of a Defense Business Board Task Group charged with investigating ways to apply best business practices from the private sector to the important objective of improving the capabilities of the DoDs civilian supervisors Senior Executive Service and General Schedule - SES and GS in effectively managing their people. The report is organized around four themes, with related principal recommendations as follows Measure - the effectiveness of leaders in supervising their people, specifically 1 develop and implement an explicit approach to measuring supervisory capabilities, and 2 include a robust evaluation of supervisory excellence in the annual performance evaluations of SES and GS 12-15 executives with supervisory responsibilities. Train - supervisors in supervisory skills, specifically 1 develop and expand supervisory training and management development opportunities in the Civilian Leader Development Programs for GS 12-15 aspiring to greater supervisory responsibilities within DoD, 2 offer or require training in people and performance management to the those SES executives whose supervisory skills are identified in the annual assessment of individual SES capabilities as needing improvement, and 3 elevate the importance of civilian training in DoD by proactively managing the careers and training of those with high potential for advancement rather than relying on a self-nominating process. Reward - supervisors for supervisory excellence by 1 making excellence in managing people a requirement for promotion to higher-level positions with an important supervisory component, and 2 requiring supervisory excellence for SES executives to be selected for Enterprise Positions and inter-agency assignments. Organize - to enhance excellence in supervision.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management

Distribution Statement: