OPM gets into the nitty-gritty of federal work force strategies

Henrik G. DeGyor

The Office of Personnel Management's recent Strategic Compensation Conference 2002 addressed the bottom line in recruiting and retaining a skilled work force: worker compensation. But as attendees of the three-day event in Alexandria, Va., heard, there's more to it than just salaries.

The conference, under the theme, 'Managing Human Capital Through Pay, Classification and Performance Systems,' ran the gamut of human resources management, from pay and leave programs to benefits, telecommuting and recruitment techniques.
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Marta Brito Perez, project director for human capital performance at OPM, and Patrick Simpkins, manager of federal HR IT systems at NASA, explain how to use OPM's Human Capital Scorecard.

Ellen Harris-Baliker, a human resources specialist at the Energy Department's National Energy Technology Laboratory, and Gloria Snowden, a management analyst in the Federal Aviation Administration's Office of the Associate Administrator for Research and Acquisitions, were honored during the conference with OPM's PILLAR Awards for their agencies' performance management programs; Shawna Godbolt, a financial analyst at the Defense Department, and Joseph Campbell, a financial analyst at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, talked about payroll standardization; and Alison Bean, a staff member of the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, spoke during a luncheon at the conference about Congress' views on the need for flexible management.

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