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Workforce Planning Guide

August 2017

Summary Analysis

Workforce planning is an organized process for identifying, analyzing, and forecasting the number of employees and the types of employee skill sets required to meet agency goals and strategic objectives.

State agencies have been developing workforce plans since 2002; those plans are required under Texas Government Code, Section 2056.0021. Specifically, in accordance with that statute, each state agency is required to conduct a strategic staffing analysis and develop a workforce plan according to guidelines developed by the State Auditor. Higher education institutions, university systems, and agencies within the judicial or legislative branches are not subject to that requirement.

This Workforce Planning Guide is a reference document designed to assist agencies with their workforce planning processes and in developing and revising their workforce plans. The processes and workforce planning model described in this guide are derived from considerable research on workforce planning in other states and thorough review of available literature.

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