Elevating, Integrating, and Institutionalizing Strategic Human Capital Management in Federal Agencies through the Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO)

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Crumpacker, Jill M.
Crumpacker, Martha
Washburn University. School of Business
Kaw Valley Bank
Issue Date
January 2004
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The Chief Human Capital officer Act (CHCO Act) enacted as part of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 modifies existing human capital rules and establishes the position of Chief Human Capital Officer in cabinet-level agencies. Although a CHCO raises the awareness of Federal human capital issues, the CHCO's actual range of authority, impact, and long-term role remain untested. This article compares key provisions of the CHCO Act to provisions creating similar agency strategic management positions and whether the CHCO achieves the status of those positions. Issues discussed include whether elevating the role of strategic human capital management is best achieved through a politically appointed CHCO or a career senior executive; integration issues influencing the CHCO's ability to effect workforce change within an agency; and institutionalization issues, in light of a concurrently established CHCO Council and the Office of Personnel Management's centralized role in defining, issuing, and administering government-wide workforce regulations.