The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is orchestrating the development of a strategic plan for
diversity and inclusion in the federal government. I’ve submitted my ideas on the effort to the
OPM Open Government Web site (link below); you may want to add comments or suggestions of your own. Thanks!
Thanks for sharing Michael. I’m glad that the Obama administration gave agencies this new IdeaShare system for collecting feedback, not only on diversity, but on other topics as well. Personally, I don’t think that OPM, or agency CHCOs can really enforce a diversity plan. Hiring managers are the only ones who can really influence the diversity of the workforce. We can only do our best to pursuade them. Also, the defnition of diversity needs to be expanded beyond race and linked to the veteran’s hiring initiative.
I don’t know what OPM will do with these ideas. I do know that, for the folks involved in developing the government-wide strategic plan for diversity and inclusion, an off-site meeting is scheduled for sometime in March, with the expectation that the plan will be complete by the first of April. I also know that some of the folks involved are political appointees (for example, members of the Chief Human Capital Officer Council); others are high-level EEO folks.
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