Human Capital

Workforce / Succession Planning

Workforce Planning is a strategic planning process that involves analyzing, forecasting, and planning workforce supply and demand, assessing gaps, and determining strategies to ensure that an organization has the right people - with the right skills in the right places at the right time - to fulfill its mission and objectives. Succession planning is a systematic process of identifying and developing the talent pool for key positions that have a significant impact on the mission of an organization. It also mitigates the risks associated with the planned or unplanned loss of knowledge and skills critical to the organization’s success.

Workforce planning occurs at multiple organizational levels. Workforce planning tools and resources are designed to be flexible and can be adapted for use at different organization levels. There is also a set of standard workforce data that can be used at various organizational levels.

This site can help you—

The Office of Human Resources' Strategic Initiatives (SI) Team invites you to utilize these available tools and information, especially the Quick and Program Links, on this site as you undertake workforce and succession planning for your organization. Keep in mind that USGS workforce and succession planning tools and techniques are still evolving and will continue to do so with each workforce planning effort.

We welcome your suggestions and ideas for improvement of these tools, as well as your thoughts on the usefulness of this site. For assistance and support in workforce and succession planning efforts, contact any SI Team member.


Quick Links

Program Links


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Jill Nissan

Workforce Planning Program Manager
Phone: 703-648-7427

Pamela Agnew

Workforce Data and Analysis Program Manager
Phone: 703-648-7435

Brian Arnold-Renicker

Program Analyst
Phone: 303-236-9578