OPM Makes First Move on Shared Services With HR Tool

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The Office of Personnel Management released the Federal Human Capital Business Reference Model (HCBRM), a tool that establishes a common human resource (HR) experience for Federal employees across agencies.

The HCBRM provides a simplified view of operational functions and policy ownership and a common structure intended to align HR operations, finance, and acquisition.

“The HCBRM delivers value because it provides the framework to help streamline, standardize and simplify HR operations for practitioners and employees alike,” said OPM Acting Director Kathy McGettigan. “The potential benefit of this transparency can have a long-lasting impact across the government.”

The tool also lays out a clear Human Capital Management (HCM) structure that:

  • Informs everyone with a simplified view of HR operational functions and policy ownership;
  • Gives HR practitioners a quick reference to understand the functional requirements for their specific area of HR;
  • Provides agency leadership with a model to more effectively plan, deliver, assess, and manage their HR workforce, policy, processes, budget, service, and delivery; and
  • Lays out the Federal HCM blueprint for governmentwide HR operations, acquisition, budget formulation, programmatic evaluation, shared services, and data

This is the first major release of an inter-agency shared service tool since the May Cybersecurity Executive Order that calls for shared services for common activities like HR and payroll.

“If we don’t move to secured and shared services, we’re going to be behind the eight ball for a very long time,” Tom Bossert, White House Homeland Security Adviser said in May.

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