Implementing Technology-Enabled Human Resources Capabilities in the U.S. Air Force
Dec 21, 2022
This report, which is one in a series aimed at helping the Department of the Air Force understand the elements necessary for success in transforming human resource management via information technology and business systems, provides a brief overview of the budgeting and execution process, explores the various challenges of funding technology-related business initiatives in general, and offers some recommendations for better program advocacy.
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Information technology (IT) and business systems for human resource management (HRM) transformation are challenging to fund in the Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) process, yet these systems are foundational to all other activities in the Department of the Air Force (DAF) and therefore critical for the future health of the force. Programs face additional challenges when competing with operational initiatives, such as new weapon systems.
This report is one in a series aimed at helping the DAF understand the elements necessary for success in transforming HRM via IT and business systems. The U.S. Air Force has begun a set of initiatives for modernizing its IT systems that support its portfolio of HRM activities called the Talent Management Digital Transformation. This report provides a brief overview of the PPBE process, explores the various challenges of funding technology-related business initiatives in general, and offers some recommendations for better program advocacy.
The research reported here was commissioned by the U.S. Air Force and conducted within the Workforce, Development, and Health Program of RAND Project AIR FORCE.
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