Several months ago, NTEU reached out to HHS to learn more about the Reimagine Initiative initiated by former Secretary Price. Last week, HHS responded that the initiative is still being developed and, currently, no changes have been proposed that would require a briefing. However, the agency provided notice that it plans to conduct focus groups to obtain employee feedback regarding the current performance management program/system. According to the notice, the Secretary authorized the “Maximizing Employee Performance” workgroup, to help review and improve HHS’ current performance management process. The agency claims that the purpose of this focus group is to solicit opinions and suggestions related to agency performance culture. The focus groups will occur telephonically and be facilitated by “various Human Resource experts” from throughout the agency. Participant responses will be anonymous and confidential.
According to the notice, HHS will hold two bargaining unit employee focus groups, with a maximum of 15 employees per group. Sessions will take approximately one to one-and-a-half hours and will be held between December 4 and December 22, 2017. NTEU will appoint participants to this group based on nominations from the chapters. Please send your nominations to your chapter president no later than Friday, December 1, 2017. Please include your full name, OPDIV/STAFFDIV, position title, and email address. We would like to have as much participation as possible so that each focus group has 15 bargaining unit employee participants.
In addition to the focus groups, HHS will meet with NTEU to hear our thoughts and concerns regarding the performance management process. We will solicit your feedback prior to that meeting, once it has been scheduled. Thank you.