The Coalition for Effective Change (CEC) was formed in 1993 as a non-partisan alliance of associations representing current and retired federal managers, executives, and professionals. CEC provides a channel for these public employees to contribute to the success of improving government. CEC meets with executive branch officials to discuss efforts to improve government. CEC shares information with Congress and works with others on initiatives for government wide change.

CEC worked for the enactment of P.L. 104-177 and the publication by OPM of 5CFR Section 251, which directed agencies to establish consultative relationships with career executive and management groups. In addition, the law and regulation permit agencies to consult with professional associations of employees. Agencies are also authorized to provide support to these organizations if they wish. 



CEC has worked diligently for the adaption of change in significant issues across the government. Some of those recommendations are now in law and regulation:

  • issuance of new performance management regulations that provide more flexibility for agencies trying to design performance management programs that work,
  • Granting of buyout authorities and development of priority placement programs to lessen the effect of downsizing and reshaping,
  • Increased recognition of the value and skills of federal executives, managers, and professionals through the greater delegations of authority and responsibility.
  • Establishing a legal and regulatory basis to require agencies to establish consultative relationships with career executive, managerial and professional associations, providing agencies the option of providing support to these groups if they wish.
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CEC: A Valuable Resource

The CEC associations represent close to 600,000 public employees. Individuals appointed by their associations meet to share information and to propose and take actions. Much of the CEC's work is done by committees that employ the experience and expertise of their members to study issues and prepare reports with findings and recommendations. Reports are furnished to member organizations, to the White House, the Congress, the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of Personal Management and other decision makers and interested parties.

The Future

With the introduction of the Administration's President's Management Agenda, our associations will fulfil a significant and substantial role in advising the Administration and the Congress on both the content and implementation of the Agenda. As always, CEC will work to contribute to the development of the required strategic plans and the achievement of the planned objectives while maintaining the integrity of our Principles of Government Reform. 

As changes in legislation, organization and processes of government and the management of human capital evolve, CEC will remain committed to contributing the expertise and leadership of its members and their organizations to the goal of achieving a government that is efficient, effective and works better for all Americans. Change that leads to improvement is our common goal.

CEC Membership
  • American Council for Technology
  • American Foreign Service Association
  • Federal and Armed Forces Librarians Round Table (American Library Association)
  • American Society for Public Administration
  • Association of Government Accountants
  • Blacks in Government
  • Bureaucrat Inc. - The Public Manager
  • Council of Federal EEO & Civil Rights Executives
  • Council of Former Federal Executives
  • Executive Networking Forum
  • Executive Women in Government
  • Federal Administrative Law Judges Conference
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association
  • Federal Criminal Investigators Association
  • Federal Managers Association
  • Federal Physicians Association
  • Federally Employed Women
  • Forum of U.S. Administrative Law Judges
  • International Public Management Association - Federal Section
  • National Academy of Public Administration
  • National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys
  • National Association of Federal Veterinarians
  • National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association
  • National Council of Social Security Management Associations
  • Network of Federal Management Advisors
  • Organization of Professional Employees at the USDA
  • Presidential Management Alumni Group
  • Professional Managers Association
  • Senior Executives Association