In December, Voinovich's Subcommittee released a report on human capital challenges. In his speech, Voinovich also outlined a few legislative proposals that would improve agencies' ability to recruit and retain skilled workers. He urged the Bush administration to fully fund agencies' training budgets, and said that all agencies should be able to experiment with broad-band pay schemes and flexible hiring practices currently in use at the Internal Revenue Service and Federal Aviation Administration. Voinovich did not criticize an administration plan to give federal workers an average 3.6 percent pay hike next year. President Bush has proposed giving military personnel a 4.6 percent raise next year, de-linking military and civilian raises for the first time since 1987.
Voinovich urged the administration to quickly appoint a highly qualified person to serve as deputy director for management at OMB. "The good news is they haven't found the wrong person," he said. "[But] they haven't found someone to head up management duties [yet]. I feel bad about that."