Update on IT classification implementation

Published date 09/22/17

During July and August 2017 Statewide IT Position Evaluation teams evaluated over 4,000 IT position descriptions for placement in the new IT classification structure.  The project team is currently working with agency and institution HR offices to validate the initial evaluation results.  Additionally, scheduling of evaluations is in process for a number of positions that did not go through the evaluation process conducted during the formal evaluation sessions this summer. 

The remaining work to validate the initial evaluation results and finalize the compensation structure will not be completed in time to meet the statutory deadline of October 1st for a supplemental budget request.  As a result, the planned implementation date must be extended beyond July 2018. The change in the timeline will result in the implementation date moving forward one year to July 2019. This extension allows for ongoing engagement with stakeholders, assessment of impacts and sufficient time for labor engagement.

State HR will work with agency staff on the interim process for maintaining position descriptions in the current classification structure as we work toward July 2019.  There is no requirement to re-write and re-evaluate position descriptions because of the extension.  

Read more about the IT classification & compensation structure implementation.

Contingency planning for state agency operations

Published date 06/22/17

In April 2017, OFM asked agencies for input on a contingency plan for government operations in the event the Legislature does not pass the 2017–19 operating and capital budgets before July 1, 2017. OFM reviewed agency responses and is preparing a summary of potential state agency impacts. More information is available on the OFM website:

List of General Government HR Directors

Published date 06/14/17

Lunch and Learn sessions offer collaboration opportunity for state HR community

Published date 05/01/17

OFM State HR is launching the Lunch and Learn series, monthly hour-long sessions that will provide training and resources to state agency human resources staff. With these sessions, we aim to promote collaboration and learning within the state’s human resources community.

HR Lunch and Learns will be held every first Wednesday of the month, at the Washington State Attorney General’s Office at 7141 Cleanwater Drive SW Olympia, WA, 12–1 p.m. See the schedule below for details.

Bring your lunch, network and learn about a variety of human resource topics at these engaging sessions - we look forward to seeing you!







Wed., May 3, 2017

12–1 p.m.

AGO Office, Tumwater

HR Management Report: Feedback Session

Sue Richards, OFM

Wed., June 7, 2017

12–1 p.m.

AGO Office, Tumwater

Stay at Work/Return to Work Incentives

Joyce Allen, L&I

Wed., July 5, 2017

12–1 p.m.

AGO Office, Tumwater




Contact Olivia Huynh, Employee Performance & HR Development Coordinator:, 360-407-4131.

Employment verification and W-2s

Published date 03/02/17

If you're looking to verify employment of workers from state agencies, or get information about W-2s, here's how:

  1. Look up the worker's name in the State Online Directory to find the employing agency.
  2. Contact the employing agency HR office.

Changes to

Published date 07/20/16

Between February and August 2016, we're making some changes to the website. Much of the content on the site will be moved to the websites of the three agencies that now carry out state HR services and policy functions. will become a portal site to make sure you can still find the services and information you need. We'll also ensure that the links you currently use still get you to the right place.

Where will content move to?

This list will be updated as we complete the move for each section:

Department of Enterprise Services:

Office of Financial Management:

Washington Technology Solutions:

  • Payroll

Why the change?

Since human resource policy and service functions are now provided by three separate state agencies, we want to be transparent about which agency is providing the service or is responsible for the policy.

In addition, website maintenance is simplified by placing the content and having resources on the website of the agency that is responsible for this information. This leads to greater efficiencies and increases the accuracy of the information.



Gov. Inslee honors 22 state government managers for excellence in leadership

Published date 06/29/16

Gov. Jay Inslee today honored state agency managers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership. The 2016 Governor’s Award for Leadership in Management was presented to 22 recipients at an awards luncheon at the Executive Residence.

This year’s recipients were recognized for a wide range of accomplishments, including work to save taxpayer dollars, improve communications with local governments, small businesses and the public, and protect public health.

“These managers exemplify the best in our state employees. They have set priorities and achieved results, managed risk and modeled leadership attributes,” Inslee said. “They are setting a great example and I am pleased to recognize their excellence in management through these awards.”

The Leadership in Management program was created in 1985 to recognize state government managers who demonstrate excellent performance. A selection committee composed of agency directors and executive staff chose the winners based on demonstrated performance.

This year’s recipients of the Governor’s Award for Leadership in Management are:

  • Kathy Beith, Department of Revenue
  • Daniela Bremmer, Department of Transportation
  • Steve Campbell, Department of Retirement Systems
  • Terri Colbert, Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board
  • Sreenath Gangula, Department of Transportation
  • Betsy Hagen, Washington Student Achievement Council
  • Julie Hudson, Washington State Patrol
  • Scott Jarmon, Washington State Patrol
  • Vickie Kennedy, Department of Labor and Industries
  • Catherine Kinnaman, Department of Social and Health Services
  • Dr. Yong Liu, Department of Agriculture
  • Michael MacKillop, Department of Services for the Blind
  • Dr. James Marra, Department of Agriculture
  • David Mitchell, Washington Student Achievement Council
  • Larry Pierce, Military Department
  • Connie Shumate, Department of Commerce
  • David Smelser, Department of Transportation
  • Kathy Smith, Health Care Authority
  • Annette Taylor, Department of Labor and Industries
  • Dr. Kathy Taylor, Department of Ecology
  • Brian Thomas, Office of Administrative Hearings
  • Haiping Zhang, Department of Licensing

Read more about the 2016 recipients in the June 29, 2016 award ceremony program.