Leaders from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) said in a blog post today that the White House’s FY2023 budget request released on March 28 – if its provisions become law – will help to move forward the Federal workforce focus that is part of the President’s Management Agenda published last year. 

OPM Director Kiran Ahuja and Jason Miller, OMB’s deputy director for management, said several items in the budget request support the portion of the PMA aimed at strengthening and empowering the Federal workforce. Those include:

  • The proposed 4.6 percent annual raise in FY2023 for all Federal civilian employees, which they said will further position the Federal government as a competitive employer;
  • Ensuring that all Federal employees are paid at least $15 per hour, which the officials said “advances equity and provides a myriad of other benefits, from recruitment to retention to increased productivity”;
  • Boosting Federal internship programs to hire at least 35,000 interns in FY2023;
  • Expanding Federal government capacity and recruitment in communities outside of the Washington, D.C. area
  • Providing more money “for agency talent teams to focus on targeted recruitment and rigorous assessments to bring in top talent”; and
  • “Improving hiring by scaling innovative processes to integrate subject matter experts into the hiring process and providing funding for select agencies to share high-quality competitive hiring announcements with other agencies.”

“Together, each of these levers – the PMA, the President’s budget, and a strong OPM shepherding innovative workforce policies – shape a strategic, multi-year plan to address critical workforce needs across government,” the officials said. 

“There is much work to be done to meet and exceed each of these goals to support the Federal workforce and ensure the Federal government is a model employer,” they said. “It will take the dedication and collaboration of stakeholders both inside and outside government, as well as from the Federal workforce itself, to ensure we make progress toward this bigger vision and strategy.”

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