[IPAC-List] SME issue

Blair, Michael [HR] Michael.Blair at sprint.com
Fri Jun 24 10:33:11 EDT 2011


I did public safety assessment for fire and police for years before moving to corporate America. I can't recall a single promotional process in which we used more than 10 SMEs in the development, validation, and administration process. The more typical number was 4-6 SMEs. I worked with police and fire departments all over the country including major metros, mid-sized, and smaller jurisdictions. For entry-level, we often used more SMEs because the scope of the development effort, but this also tended to cut-across departments.

If you would like, I could put you in touch with a couple of colleagues who are still very active in fire and police testing who could speak to the current state of affairs.

Michael Blair
Manager Recruitment
Network Operations, Wholesale & Recruitment Technology
Office: 913-439-5222/ Wireless: 913-832-6130
michael.blair at sprint.com

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From: ipac-list-bounces at ipacweb.org [mailto:ipac-list-bounces at ipacweb.org] On Behalf Of Klus, Thomas M.
Sent: Friday, June 24, 2011 7:21 AM
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Subject: [IPAC-List] SME issue

I have an issue that I hope to get some input on from other practitioners. To assist in exercise development, pilot testing and content validation, our police department supplies Subject Matter Experts from the target rank. These SME's are paid for their time, and they receive resume credit in their file for their participation. The department assigns a committee chair (from the managerial ranks) to oversee the SME's, and the chair is allowed a great deal of latitude on determining how many SME will participate. That number has been growing, and now it appears they would like to have up to 20 SME participate in the current process development. While I have raised concerns about the efficiency and the potential for security issues related to having such a large number of individuals intimately involved in exercise development, I am getting considerable push back from the
department. Our department has approximately 1400 sworn positions,
and in the current process, 20 SME's represent about 20% of the incumbents in the target rank, and it is likely about 30% of the number of potential applicants we will have in the process. From nearly any
perspective, it seems like an extremely excessive number. I am
advocating we limit the numbers to 6-8, as in my experience, that is sufficient. However, since the top officials are more likely to be influenced by what other departments do than simple logic and reason, I would like to ask, what is your target number of SME's to have involved in your promotional processes? Any input would be appreciated.

Thomas Klus

Management Analyst III, Employment Div.

Department of Human Resources

Fairfax County Government


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