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Appendix A: Acronyms, Definitions, and Authorities

Name/Source Acronym Description
5 CFR Part 250 – Personnel Management in Agencies   Subpart B – Strategic Human Capital Management
Congress   Congress authorizes policies and programs, and the budgetary resources needed to execute them. Congress also exercises oversight responsibilities for policy and program outcomes, and the resources expended to achieve outcomes.
Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCO) Act of 2002, Title XIII – Federal Workforce Improvement Subtitle A – Chief Human Capital Officers CHCO Act

A law requiring 24 Executive Departments and Agencies to appoint or designate a Chief Human Capital Officer and establish a CHCO Council to bring the management of Human Capital to a higher level of attention and authority. The Act, in part, dictates the following: “The functions of each Chief Human Capital Officer shall include setting the workforce development strategy of the agency;
1. Assessing workforce characteristics and future needs based on the agency's mission and strategic plan;
2. Aligning the agency's human resources policies and programs with organization mission, strategic goals, and performance outcomes;
3. Developing and advocating a culture of continuous learning to attract and retain employees with superior abilities;
4. Identifying best practices and benchmarking studies; and
5. Applying methods for measuring intellectual capital and identifying links of that capital to organizational performance and growth.

Delegated Examining Authority DEU An authority OPM grants to agencies to fill competitive civil service jobs with:
*  Applicants applying from outside the Federal workforce,
*  Federal employees who do not have competitive service status, or
*  Federal employees with competitive service status. See for more DEU information.
Executive Office for Immigration Review EOIR A component created in 1983 as a separate agency within the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ or Department) and is responsible for adjudicating immigration-related cases. Under the delegated authority of the Attorney General, EOIR interprets and administers federal immigration laws and regulations by conducting immigration court proceedings, appellate reviews, and administrative hearings in certain types of immigration-related cases.
Federal Employment Viewpoint Survey FEVS An organizational climate survey and assesses how employees jointly experience the policies, practices, and procedures characteristic of their agency and its leadership. Results from the OPM FEVS offers insights into whether, and to what extent, workplace conditions characterizing successful organizations are present in Federal agencies, information important to successful organizational change and development initiatives. The OPM FEVS serves as a tool for employees to share their perceptions regarding critical topics including their work experiences, their agency, and leadership. Data collection supports results reporting at lower organizational levels, allowing managers to identify where improvements within a specific work unit may be necessary.
GPRA Modernization Act (GPRAMA) of 2010 GPRAMA

A law that modernizes the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993, requiring quarterly performance assessments of government programs to monitor and assess each agency's performance and improvement, as well as directing the establishment of Performance Improvement Officers and a Performance Improvement Council led by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

GPRAMA, in part, dictates that OMB collaborates with agencies to develop a Federal Government Performance Plan for each agency containing priority goals of two types: outcome and management improvement goals. Agencies are required to integrate Human Capital Strategies into their agency strategic plans in order to assure full alignment of talent with agency mission and strategy. Agencies must have quarterly targets with clearly defined milestones, and report quarterly on a public website. In addition, agencies must report on and update their priority goals every two years.

Office of Management and Budget OMB Serves the President in implementing his vision across the Executive Branch through coordination of budget management and oversight.
Office of Personnel Management OPM Regulates the laws governing human capital management to build a high quality and diverse Federal workforce. OPM delegates personnel authorities to the agencies and monitors their compliance and effectiveness.
Government Accountability Office GAO Serves Congress as an independent, nonpartisan agency to help improve agency performance. GAO's mission is to investigate how the Federal Government uses tax dollars that have been allocated, and to report on their findings.
Executive Order 13932, Modernizing and Reforming the Assessment and Hiring of Federal Job Candidates EO 13932 As of June 26, 2020, this Executive Order requires agencies to modernize their recruitment practices to better identify and secure talent through skills- and competency-based hiring. This EO requires, that as the civilian workforce evolves, the Federal Government must explore alternative tools that will generate more meaningful results when assessing the job-related competencies of candidates during the hiring process.
Executive Order 14025, Worker Organizing and Empowerment EO14025 As of April 26, 2021, this Executive Order encourages worker organizing and collective bargaining to, among other things, give workers the means to build the power to ensure that their voices are heard in their workplaces, their communities, and in the Nation.