I am part of a cross-government action learning team doing a project on career pathing for GS 12s-14s in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. We are seeking out agencies and other organizations that have strong career development programs (formal or informal, full programs or components) that we can benchmark against. We are interested in identifying developmental and career support guidance and experiences to help prepare people for leadership positions within their organization. Do you know of any organizations or agencies that have successful programs we should learn more about?
Is there a reason to use the grading system for these professionals? I would highly recommend a system that is comparable to the private sector. It would make life more easy and we could be competive in the hiring market. For professionals to get tangled up in the politics of what grade they are can be a large detractor. the GS system has become a hugh costly monster and at some point congress is going to change it especially in our current economic situation. As a professional I am more interested in if I am being paid what the market pays for my type of services. The GS system could very easily tie that down to where recruitment is impossible. We need to think out side of the box. This is a great change to get creative and bring a positive action.
The Navy has a program Naval Acquisition Associates Program that might be of interest. You can learn more at https://acquisition.navy.mil/rda/content/download/6498/29914/version/3/file/Naval+Acquisition+Associates+Program+Quick+Reference+Guide+V3.0+(PRINT%26WEB).pdf
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