HUMAN CAPITAL: Opportunities Exist for DOD to Enhance its Approach for Determining Civilian Senior Leader Workforce Needs
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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DODs Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness is the adviser to the Secretary of Defense for total force management,17 and as such the Under Secretary, among other things, is responsible for identifying civilian requirements for Senior Executive Service, Senior Level, and Senior Technical positions. Specifically, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness directed the last review of DODs Senior Executive Service, Senior Level, and Senior Technical positions in a 2008 baseline review. The Principal Deputy directed that the review be completed in 60 days and stated that the results would be used to respond to reporting requirements in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007.19 This act required DOD to, among other things, assess its requirements for senior management, functional, and technical personnel including scientists and engineers in light of recent trends. Similarly, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence exercises overall supervision and policy oversight for human capital within the defense intelligence community. In 2007, this office sent DODs intelligence community guidance for a review of Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service and Defense Intelligence Senior Level civilian leader workforce requirements. This review, according to the guidance, was intended to spur an examination and validation of senior civilian requirements, provide DOD management with evidence that resources were being used wisely, and provide an explanation of what resources the intelligence community required and why, so that officials could make budget allocations decisions and defend those requirements before Congress.
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