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Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
November 15, 2006


U.S. Department of State Selected as 2006 Presidential Award for Management Excellence Winner for RNet

The Department of State has won the prestigious 2006 Presidential Award for Management Excellence for RNet (the Retirement Network Alumni Organization for the U.S. Department of State) as a Talent Management System. The Department was honored along with four other federal agencies at an awards ceremony at the Corcoran Art Gallery on November 14. This is the third consecutive year that the Department has received such an honor.

Administered through the President?s Quality Award (PQA) Program, the Presidential Award for Management Excellence is the highest award given to Executive Branch agencies for management excellence. This year, the Department of State was the only agency cited for Strategic Management of Human Capital, a significant part of the President?s Management Agenda (PMA).

The Department has begun to fashion its retiree community as an integral part of its potential talent pool. Rather than viewing retirement as a definitive break in the employment relationship, the Department has created a unique mechanism to redefine retirement as a transition to a different and more focused employment relationship.

The Department?s approach uses technology to create a unique personnel management system. Combining the standard website with the traditional concept of a university alumni network, the talent system uses electronic web-delivered services to retirees as a vehicle to create a workforce continuity mechanism. Retirees receive services and establish an ongoing employment relationship through the same electronic vehicle.

The Department?s efforts will serve to mitigate the impact of the increase in retirements and will serve as a catalyst for modernizing workforce management. The system being used by the Department is replicable throughout the Executive Branch and may serve as a model for one method to address the imminent Executive Branch talent drain. The RNet workforce/talent management concept implements guidance provided to Executive Branch agencies by OPM on this issue. At this time, the RNet concept is unique in the Federal sector.

The online interactive retirement network known as RNET can be found at www.RNet.state.gov.

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