Energy has a total of 700 excepted service positions, but as of last month, only 140 excepted service employees were actually working at the department, according to the report. In April, the National Nuclear Security Administration, the semi-independent nuclear weapons agency within Energy, drafted a proposal to fill up to 300 excepted service jobs. The report also blamed budget cuts and a decade of government downsizing for the 24 percent reduction in Energy's staff between 1995 and 1998. The inspector general's report recommended that the Energy Department develop and put in place a comprehensive workforce planning program that includes quantifiable recruitment and retention performance measures. The report also encouraged the department to "aggressively and creatively" use available human resources tools and submit a five-year workforce restructuring plan with its fiscal 2003 budget. The Office of Management and Budget directed agencies in May to submit such plans. The Energy Department agreed with the inspector general's report and plans to hold a human capital "summit" to begin working on its workforce management plan.
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