New Group to Address Needs of Public Sector HR

August 13, 2008 ( - The Human Resources Outsourcing Association (HROA) and the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) announced they have joined forces to create a special interest group (SIG) to promote and support public sector HR transformation.

According to the announcement, the SIG will enable constructive dialogue among public sector HR practitioners, service providers, technology vendors, government procurement/acquisition officers, and other involved parties. It will provide networking opportunities for those who are guiding and directing HR transformation initiatives in their organizations, and members will gain access to resources such as case studies, whitepapers, and published findings about the industry.

“As we continue to see an unprecedented number of public employees retire over the next few years, it is critical that we increase our focus on talent acquisition and management, human capital strategies, and HR service delivery effectiveness and efficiency,” said Glenn Davidson, Co-Chairman of the SIG and Managing Director of EquaTerra’s Public Sector Practice, in the announcement.

“As of this moment, no single organization is adequately addressing the needs of those of us seeking to fundamentally transform the human resources function in government and other not-for-profit organizations. By marshalling the unique resources of these two disparate organizations – IPMA-HR and HROA – we are effectively establishing a comprehensive body of knowledge that we believe will serve public servants well,” said Richard Whitford, Co-Chairman of the SIG and the Transportation Security Administration’s Assistant Administrator for Human Capital.

The SIG is open to any public sector executive who serves as the head of HR and his or her deputy or equivalent.

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