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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Brazil is South America’s most influential country, an emerging economic giant, and one of Latin America’s biggest democracies. Although Brazil has not been able to avoid the global financial and economic crisis, it has weathered its effects reasonably well owing to continuing macroeconomic consolidation, an improved external liability position and an adequate short-term policy response (OECD, 2009b). The improvement in fiscal stability since the economic stabilisation of the mid-1990s has made it possible to use the budget and financial management system as an instrument of managerial control.

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