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Chief Human Capital Officer

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Mr. Scott B. Quehl, Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Administration, is the Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO) for the Department of Commerce. As CHCO, Mr. Quehl's functions include:

  • Setting the agency's workforce development strategy,
  • Assessing workforce characteristics and future needs based on the agency's mission and strategic plan,
  • Aligning the agency's human resources policies with organizational mission, goals and performance outcomes,
  • Developing a culture of learning,
  • Identify best practices and benchmarking studies,
  • Applying methods for measuring intellectual capital,
  • Identifying links to organizational performance and growth, and
  • Serving on the Chief Human Capital Officer's Council.

The Chief Human Capital Officers Act of 2002 was signed into law with the promulgation of the Homeland Security Act of 2002. The CHCO Act establishes the Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO) and the Chief Human Capital Officer's Council.

The Chief Human Capital Officer's Council functions include:

  • Meeting periodically to advise and coordinate activities on the modernization of human resources systems, discuss the impact of legislation affecting human resources operations and organizations, and improve the quality of human resources information, and
  • Submitting an annual report to Congress on its activities.

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