OECD Reviews of Human Resource Management in Government: Brazil 2010

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This review of human resource management (HRM) in the federal government of Brazil provides a detailed diagnosis of the management of government employees, and solutions for improving it. The assessments and the recommendations are based on the lessons learned from the experience of OECD member countries. 

This review assesses whether: the federal government is managing the size, skills, and competencies of its workforce in a sustainable manner; the HRM system in government is strategic and performance oriented; there is a balance between the flexibility and consistency of HRM practices; the values promoted by the government are consistent with management rules and practices.

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Executive Summary

Brazil has recently delivered a remarkable performance in economic, social and financial terms. However, Brazil still faces a number of challenges if the path to growth and prosperity is to be consolidated. The Brazilian public sector has played a crucial role in promoting stability and setting up the conditions for economic and social development, even more during the two successive Lula administrations. In trying to assess the state of its public employment at the federal level of government (executive branch), Brazil shows its commitment to a modern and dynamic human resource management system that underpins national economic and social development. The OECD Review of HRM in the Federal Government of Brazil aims at contributing to the design of the future workforce management reforms by the federal government. Its conclusions are drawn from a systematic comparison of the situation in Brazil with the experience of the 31 OECD member countries, with a specific emphasis on examples that are the most relevant to Brazil considering the size, constitutional and cultural basis, and values underpinning the HR system. The review is based on concrete case studies, and experiences throughout the report can inspire Brazil on its path to reform.

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