Obama Management Chief: Senior Execs Must Set Tone for Better Performance

Editor’s Note: The Senior Executive Service Corps needs to demonstrate social entrepreneurial skills.

From: Government Executive

By Charles S. Clark


Cobert stressed the importance of the Senior Executive Service in “setting the tone” for improved performance and leveraging new talent in government. She nodded to the administration’s decision to speed agency designation of priority goals to take advantage of them earlier in the budget process. And she touted the value of making benchmarked performance data “part of the regular order of things.”


To modernize the Senior Executive Service, the administration is “focusing on onboarding” and streamlining hiring as it awaits more recommendations from members. Pilot efforts to bring in outsiders quickly for short stays are under way at the Health and Human Services and Energy departments, and at the Social Security Administration.

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