Talent Agenda/Personnel Reforms
The Talent Agenda
In 2012, the Governor's Office and Department of Personnel & Administration (DPA) worked together to propose changes to the State Personnel System, which has not seen significant change since it was created in 1918. The "Talent Agenda" ensures the State is better able to recruit, retain and reward top talent by increasing flexibility in hiring processes, making changes to employee compensation and moving the State workforce environment into the 21st Century.
Some reforms were approved with the passage of House Bill (HB) 12-1321 and will go into effect September 1, 2012. Others necessitate changes to the State Constitution and therefore require a vote of the people. Colorado is one of only four states in country with comprehensive personnel rules in the State Constitution. To change the Constitution, the General Assembly unanimously referred House Concurrent Resolutions (CHR) 12-1001 for voters to consider in this November's elections (Amendment S on the ballot).
Below is additional information on both the statutory changes that have been approved (HB12-1321) and the proposed Consitutional changes that will appear on the ballot in November (Amendment S).
House Bill 12-1321
HB 12-1321 includes changes to:
Amendment S proposes:
DPA Executive Director Kathy Nesbitt has embarked on a speaking tour to explain the upcoming changes to State employees. If you wish to attend a meeting that is noted on the schedule as being open to all State employees, please be sure to bring your State ID card, as it is required to enter some facilities. Where televised recordings or webinars were made available, we have linked to them for your review.