He said the coalition, which worked with Akaka on a law that would have required that new managers and supervisors be provided initial training within one year of their promotion, "continues to believe that legislation is necessary.
Stier said "government's struggle to compete for experienced talent is especially troublesome when more than half of the members of the Senior Executive Service are eligible to retire and take with them a wealth of institutionalized knowledge and specialized expertise."
Their departures, he said, give the government "a unique opportunity to fundamentally rethink the way it develops leaders, hires and selects talent," for the executive service, composed of top government managers. It's also an opportunity for the government to consider how it "equips new members with the tools to be successful federal executives."
Stier praised legislation introduced by Akaka this year that would have improved executive pay, encouraged greater diversity and promoted more mobility among agencies and sectors. He expressed the hope that the next Congress would take up similar legislation.
John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management, named several "important efforts" championed by Sen. Daniel Akaka for the federal workforce. Among them:
•President Barack Obama issued a memo to streamline the federal recruitment and hiring process.
The Office of Personnel Management implemented legislation allowing workers to telecommute in order to maximize flexible work arrangements, to aid in recruiting the next generation of federal workers, and to allow agencies to maintain productivity during emergencies.
•Obama signed executive orders improving pathways for students and recent graduates to gain access to federal employment, increasing to the highest percentage in 20 years the number of veterans and those with disabilities hired by the federal government.
•OPM worked with the Department of Defense, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Office of Management and Budget to make the security clearance and investigation process more efficient and effective.
•Obama directed agencies to extend benefits to same-sex domestic partners of federal employees whenever legally possible.