The Resource Centers for Disease Control and Prevention : human capital planning has improved, but strategic view of contractor workforce is needed : report to congressional requesters, United States Government Accountability Office, (electronic resource)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention : human capital planning has improved, but strategic view of contractor workforce is needed : report to congressional requesters, United States Government Accountability Office, (electronic resource)

Label
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention : human capital planning has improved, but strategic view of contractor workforce is needed : report to congressional requesters
Title
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Title remainder
human capital planning has improved, but strategic view of contractor workforce is needed : report to congressional requesters
Statement of responsibility
United States Government Accountability Office
Title variation
  • Human capital planning has improved, but strategic view of contractor workforce is needed
  • CDC human capital efforts
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)--an agency in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)--has experienced an expanding workload due to emerging health threats, such as bioterrorism. Strategic planning helps agencies like CDC sustain a workforce with the necessary education, skills, and competencies--human capital--to fulfill their missions. In September 2007, CDC released its Strategic Human Capital Management Plan (CDC Plan). GAO was asked to review CDC's human capital planning. GAO determined (1) whether the CDC Plan was designed to address the human capital challenges CDC faces; (2) the extent to which the CDC Plan is strategically aligned with agency goals, plans, and budget; and (3) the extent to which CDC incorporated GAO's principles for strategic human capital planning. To do so, GAO interviewed officials and analyzed data and documents. GAO identified six key challenges CDC faces in its efforts to sustain a skilled workforce to fulfill its mission and goals, and the CDC Plan includes strategies that could help the agency address five of them. These challenges are (1) changing workforce demographics, highlighted by the potential loss of essential personnel due to retirement; (2) the limited supply of skilled public health professionals; (3) CDC's acknowledged need to increase the diversity of its workforce; (4) changing workforce needs resulting from the agency's expanding scope of work and responsibilities; (5) logistical difficulties involved in acquiring and retaining a skilled workforce; and (6) difficulties presented by managing a workforce with a large and growing number of contractors. While the CDC Plan includes strategies designed to address the first five challenges, it does not address the challenge involving contractors, which represent more than one-third of its workforce. Thus, the CDC Plan may not be as useful as it could be to provide a strategic view of its contractor workforce and to assist the agency with managing all of its human capital. The CDC Plan only partially meets the criteria for strategic alignment: the strategies in it are linked with the agency's mission and goals, but they are not integrated with the documents that serve as the strategic plan, performance plan, or budget. According to CDC officials, the agency will update the CDC Plan annually and will integrate it with these documents as it is updated. CDC incorporated aspects of all of GAO's principles of strategic human capital planning into the CDC Plan and has outlined intended actions that could further incorporate the principles in subsequent updates. CDC partially incorporated the first principle--to involve managers, other employees, and stakeholders in developing, communicating, and implementing the human capital plan--by formally involving management and stakeholders in plan development. CDC intends to involve other employees in implementation and future updates. CDC partially incorporated the second principle--to determine the skills and competencies needed to achieve agency mission and goals, including identifying skill and competency gaps--by conducting a preliminary workforce analysis. The agency had not completed its analyses of skill and competency gaps for the occupations it deemed most critical when the plan was developed, but has now completed an analysis for one critical occupation and is conducting others. The plan partially follows the third principle--to develop strategies to acquire, retain, and develop a skilled workforce and to address gaps. CDC developed strategies for its plan and intends to target gaps once they are identified. CDC has incorporated the fourth principle--to build capabilities to support the strategies--through such activities as ongoing efforts to streamline hiring. The fifth principle is to monitor and evaluate the contribution that strategies have made toward achieving mission and goals. The agency indicated in the CDC Plan that it intends to monitor and evaluate its strategies as part of its implementation activities. Further incorporation of GAO's principles into plan updates could help the agency strengthen its human capital efforts."
Cataloging source
HNC
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1953-
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Bascetta, Cynthia A.
Government publication
federal national government publication
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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United States
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  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
  • Human capital
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
  • Contract Services
  • Personnel Management
  • Public Health Practice
Label
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention : human capital planning has improved, but strategic view of contractor workforce is needed : report to congressional requesters, United States Government Accountability Office, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Running title: CDC human capital efforts
  • Title from title screen (viewed on June 27, 2008)
  • Author: Cynthia Bascetta
  • "May 2008."
  • Paper version available from: U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, 441 G St., NW, Rm. LM, Washington, D.C. 20548
  • "GAO-08-582."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Letter -- Results in brief -- Background -- The CDC plan includes strategies to address key human capital challenges, except for managing a workforce with a large and growing number of contractors -- Strategies in the CDC plan are linked with CDC's mission and goals but are not integrated with its strategic plan, performance plan, or budget -- CDC incorporated aspects of our principles for strategic human capital Planning into the CDC plan and has outlined further actions -- Conclusions -- Recommendation for executive action -- Agency comments and our evaluation -- -- Appendix I. Scope and methodology -- Appendix II. CDC Coordinating Centers and Coordinating Offices and their missions -- Appendix III. CDC workforce and breakdown by each organizational unit as of August 2007 -- Appendix IV. CDC's objectives and strategies from its strategic human capital management plan -- Appendix V. Summary of CDC's health protection goals -- Appendix VI. Comments from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Control code
232671095
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
ii, 54 pages
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(GPO)99244965
System details
Mode of access: Internet from GAO web site as an Acrobat .pdf file (1 MB, 59 p.). Address as of 6/27/08: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d08582.pdf ; current access available via PURL
Label
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention : human capital planning has improved, but strategic view of contractor workforce is needed : report to congressional requesters, United States Government Accountability Office, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
  • Running title: CDC human capital efforts
  • Title from title screen (viewed on June 27, 2008)
  • Author: Cynthia Bascetta
  • "May 2008."
  • Paper version available from: U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, 441 G St., NW, Rm. LM, Washington, D.C. 20548
  • "GAO-08-582."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Letter -- Results in brief -- Background -- The CDC plan includes strategies to address key human capital challenges, except for managing a workforce with a large and growing number of contractors -- Strategies in the CDC plan are linked with CDC's mission and goals but are not integrated with its strategic plan, performance plan, or budget -- CDC incorporated aspects of our principles for strategic human capital Planning into the CDC plan and has outlined further actions -- Conclusions -- Recommendation for executive action -- Agency comments and our evaluation -- -- Appendix I. Scope and methodology -- Appendix II. CDC Coordinating Centers and Coordinating Offices and their missions -- Appendix III. CDC workforce and breakdown by each organizational unit as of August 2007 -- Appendix IV. CDC's objectives and strategies from its strategic human capital management plan -- Appendix V. Summary of CDC's health protection goals -- Appendix VI. Comments from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Control code
232671095
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
ii, 54 pages
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(GPO)99244965
System details
Mode of access: Internet from GAO web site as an Acrobat .pdf file (1 MB, 59 p.). Address as of 6/27/08: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d08582.pdf ; current access available via PURL

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