David B. Grinberg

Thanks so much for responding, Mark. Your unique insights and analysis are always very much appreciated.

Regarding the "$64,000 question" what about private sector business/management models that may recommend a ratio of middle managers to employees based upon the industry or organization, its strategic goals and mission?

Shouldn't gov have something along these lines -- perhaps some agencies do -- to maximize human capital talent, including among middle management?

Or perhaps this should be addressed in agency's specific strategic plans. Either way, there must be a strategic approach to this question that "trims the fat" -- for lack of a better term -- to boost organizational efficiency and effectiveness by striking the appropriate balance between the ratio of middle managers and the employees they supervise.

Hopefully, some HR folks on this site can provide further info.

Thoughts? Thanks again.