WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - August 13, 2008) - The Human Resources Outsourcing Association (HROA) and the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) today announced that they have joined forces to create a special interest group (SIG) to promote and support public sector HR transformation.

The SIG will establish a community of interest among people who are leading or aiding and abetting the transformation of human resources in the public sector, thereby enabling constructive dialogue among public sector HR practitioners, service providers, technology vendors, government procurement/acquisition officers, and other involved parties.

"As of this moment, no single organization is adequately addressing the needs of those of us seeking to fundamentally transform the human resources function in government and other not-for-profit organizations. By marshalling the unique resources of these two disparate organizations -- IPMA-HR and HROA -- we are effectively establishing a comprehensive body of knowledge that we believe will serve public servants well," said Richard Whitford, Co-Chairman of the SIG and the Transportation Security Administration's Assistant Administrator for Human Capital.

The SIG will provide networking opportunities for those who are guiding and directing HR transformation initiatives in their organizations, enabling continuous learning via knowledge sharing. Members of the SIG also will gain access to valuable resources such as case studies, whitepapers and published findings about the industry.

"As we continue to see an unprecedented number of public employees retire over the next few years, it is critical that we increase our focus on talent acquisition and management, human capital strategies, and HR service delivery effectiveness and efficiency," said Glenn Davidson, Co-Chairman of the SIG and Managing Director of EquaTerra's Public Sector Practice. "This special interest group will serve as the forum for in-depth discussions about these issues and the development of action plans that its members may adapt for their own purposes."

The SIG is open to any public sector executive who serves as the head of HR and his or her deputy or equivalent.

Members of IPMA-HR interested in joining the SIG should contact Jessica Allen at 703/549-7100 or jallen@ipma-hr.org. Members of the HROA interested in joining the SIG should contact Adam Bleifeld at 202-905-0351 x19 or Adam.bleifeld@hroa.org.

About the Human Resources Outsourcing Association

The HROA is the definitive independent organization for all those who purchase, provide, or participate in HR transformation and outsourcing. Its membership encompasses over 7,500 HR executives, including the largest 50 buyers, the top 30 providers, the leading sourcing advisors and attorneys, and the best thought leaders in HR Transformation. The HROA brings its diverse membership together to set standards and practices, provide peer networking, and maintain a robust curriculum. For more information, visit www.hroassociation.org.

About the International Public Management Association for Human Resources

IPMA-HR is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to providing resources and advocacy for public human resource professionals at all levels. IPMA-HR represents more than 10,000 individuals and 1,300 agencies in local, state and federal levels of government worldwide. IPMA-HR provides a focus and forum for the discussion and exchange of views and best practices among public sector human resource professionals.