"In April 2003, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) assembled a design team composed of DHS managers and employees, Human Resources (HR) experts from DHS and OPM, and representatives from the agency's three largest unions. The design team's mission was to develop a broad range of alternatives to the current General Schedule pay tables used by the Federal Government that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of hiring and retaining DHS employees and prepare the alternatives for consideration by the Secretary and OPM Director. The team collected a large body of research about successful HR policies and practices from private sector companies, nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, and other federal agencies. Based on this research and discussions with the design team, the Office of Chief Human Capitol Officer (OCHCO) developed MaxHR. MaxHR improves the capability of DHS to respond rapidly to external workforce changes and homeland security demands. The HR decisions made by the Secretary and the OPM Director were reflected in proposed regulations that were issued for public comment on February 20, 2004. The program has continued to move forward by proposing final regulations that are currently in final review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)."
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