About Me

Rob received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Psychology from Brandeis University and an MBA from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis. He has published several works on human resources theory and federal human capital management, and presents his expertise frequently at foreign government meetings and conferences sponsored by government and non-government organizations.

Rob Seidner

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Experience & Qualifications

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Early Federal Career

Rob started in the federal government as a presidential management intern at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), serving as a human capital lead evaluator in Chicago before moving to OPM headquarters in D.C. to work on talent and recruitment policies. Rob completed the President’s Management Council detail program and served in the Department of Transportation’s Office of the Secretary.

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Rob Seidner was involved in virtually every federal human capital issue during the past 20 years, culminating as the Federal Human Capital Policy Performance Manager in the Executive Office of the President at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), a position he held from 2014-22. In this capacity, he developed government-wide workforce policies and advised OMB leadership on crosscutting human capital strategies including staffing, employee performance, diversity/inclusion, labor relations, recruitment, shared services, HR effectiveness, civil service reform, and agency-specific human capital matters. In that role, Rob played a key role in developing and implementing the workforce provisions of the President’s Management Agenda, the President’s Analytical Perspectives Budget chapter, Executive Orders, Presidential Memorandums, and Statements of Policy. He collaborated with agency Chief Human Capital Officers to ensure agency-specific human capital policies are both effective and aligned with Administration priorities. Rob also served as the main point of contact on global civil service topics for international organizations such as the World Bank.

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Legislative Fellow

Rob served as legislative fellow on the Senate Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management on the staff of chair Kyrsten Sinema. He authored multiple pieces of legislation, including the Chance to Compete Act and Honoring Civil Servants Killed in the Line of Duty.

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Current Position

Currently, Rob is working to democratize elite education and encourage government agencies to shift to skills- based hiring practices. He is routinely asked to speak on the future of work, leadership, and continuous learning.