OPM director on workforce reform: 'Nothing gets done without the people'

The new director of the Office of Personnel Management is looking forward to working with the Trump administration to completely overhaul the civil service system.

“It’s nice to have a president that actually will go up to bat for civil service reform, for changing the way … of recruiting people, rewarding people, managing people,” Jeff T.H. Pon said in a YouTube video with Deputy Director Michael Rigas.

Pon said that he would like to make a lot of different changes to the federal employees personnel system, but not do it piecemeal, as done before.

“There are a lot of occupations out there that desperately need a whole entire system to surround their success,” Pon said, adding, “It’s not just about time to hire, it’s not just about how much they get paid…it’s the whole entire thing.”

Pon did not give specifics on the administration’s plans, but said the agenda will focus on three areas: data, technology and people.

“Nothing gets done without the people. We want to make sure that our systems and our policies and technologies actually enables people to do their jobs much quicker [and] much better,” he said.

Watch the full video here.

Reader comments

Wed, Apr 18, 2018

Every time there is federal employee system "reform" we the federal worker gets shafted. You want real civil service reform start with paying us what congress legislated years ago with pay parity with the military and the private sector. But under this administration and Republicans, who hate federal workers and retirees, I feel only more hardships ahead. Vote them OUT!!!

Mon, Apr 9, 2018

Interesting. "It's not just about how MUCH Federal workers get paid" If it was really intended to help PON would have said "It's not just about how LITTLE Federal workers get paid. Trump has already proposed no pay increase for 2019, and no COLA for FERS retirees. Reform is another word for cuts.

Mon, Apr 9, 2018

More raking the average federal employee over the hot coals? Why not compensate us for what we have lost under the Clinton, Bush, Obama and now this administration. Do the math when it comes to expenditures that keep going up while our salaries keep going south. Again a lot of talk and hot air. If you want to do something beneficial to federal employees get rid of the management bloat and their minions who do nothing for their compensation.

Fri, Apr 6, 2018

First workplace reform: stop ripping off taxpayers with all the outsourcing and contractors!!! Show the American people how many billions are wasted by shopping out jobs (especially IT) when they really should be filled by federal employees.

Fri, Apr 6, 2018

Changes are needed but I am not optimistic about the changes that will be implemented. Only changes we have seen so far is moving everyone to same rating, cutting out any bonuses, and expecting us to work overtime but not paying us for it or giving comp time

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