Concerned that their Strategic Initiatives (SI) Program may not be operating optimally, the Forest Service requested that the Academy conduct “an independent and objective analysis of the Strategic Initiative (SI) Program to ensure it is operating in an efficient and effective manner.”
The primary study objectives are:
The Forest Service requested that the Academy evaluate each individual initiative of the SI Program and provide a summary assessment to identify:
The Panel found that although the SI Program has delivered a small and steady source of diverse entry-level candidates into the workforce, the overall diversity of the Forest Service workforce with respect to the representation of minorities falls below the Civilian Labor Force in most mission critical occupations.
When the SI Program was examined in the aggregate, the Panel found:
Several recurring themes for necessary improvements emerged from the Panel’s assessment.
Among them are: