Recommendation Follow-Up Results
The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) agreed with the original audit, which identified eight recommendations for implementing a succession planning framework. Our follow-up work shows DAS has fully implemented six of those recommendations since the initial report. This significant progress still requires a little more work to implement the remaining two recommendations.
Highlights from the Original Audit
The Secretary of State’s Audits Division found that DAS should play a stronger leadership role in addressing key workforce risks and challenges within the state executive branch through enhanced workforce succession planning. Multiple factors indicate these risks and challenges are important including changing workforce demographics, and citizens’ needs for essential services that require skilled and experienced staff.
Our original audit reviewed succession planning within Oregon’s executive branch. Succession planning is an ongoing management process used to ensure workforce continuity and effectiveness, particularly in key leadership and technical functions.
The purpose of the audit was to determine if and how the State of Oregon could better plan for future key workforce needs, including preparing state employees to fill key roles. The purpose of this follow-up report is to provide a status on the auditee’s efforts to implement our recommendations.
Within the context that effective succession planning is difficult, complex, and is frequently not a priority within the public sector, we found:
- DAS has not developed or implemented a state-level succession planning framework, despite recognizing the importance of succession planning.
- The lack of a succession planning framework increases workforce risks, such as not developing or retaining knowledgeable and skilled employees to perform critical functions.
- These risks are exacerbated by demographic and economic trends, including increasing retirement rates, and a lack of formal succession planning processes within state agencies.
- State agencies also report challenges, including inaccessible workforce information that may hinder strategic human capital management practices and should be addressed at a state level.