The mission of the Mississippi State Personnel Board is to lead the way in human capital and workforce management. Established in 1980 by the Mississippi Legislature (see Miss. Code Ann. §§ 25-9-101 et seq.), MSPB’s role is to maintain a fair system of employment that provides employees a good future; agencies a stable supply of quality people; Legislative decision-makers quality information and financial controls for personnel costs; and citizens the most effective and efficient government. MSPB provides human resources policy and oversight for state government, serving nearly 130 agencies, boards, and commissions. Governmental entities not served by MSPB include the Governor’s Office and Legislative Branch, the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, the Mississippi Community College Board, and Mississippi public school teachers.
MSPB is organized into four programmatic offices. The Office of Human Capital Core Processes, the Office of Workforce Development, the Personal Service Contract Review Board, and the Employee Appeals Board comprise the programmatic areas of responsibility.
Office of Human Capital Core Processes
Agencies are quickly recognizing that human capital is by far their greatest asset because it is the agencies’ employees that possess the skills and knowledge needed to most efficiently carry out day-to-day activities. Now more than ever, finding talented employees and efficiently managing those employees is the key to building a successful workforce. With this in mind, MSPB has taken a big-picture approach to human capital management. This approach has a two-fold purpose: (1) to serve as an unparalleled resource for customers needing services and (2) to ensure uniformity in policies, procedures, and processes. It is also a critical component to ensuring a quality workforce in the State of Mississippi. The Office of Human Capital Core Processes is a unique team comprised of MSPB analysts who provide an array of services in three main functional areas: Core Processes, Career Counseling, and Job Description Validation. Each agency served by MSPB is assigned two analysts who provide advice and guidance to state agencies and conduct research and analysis of statewide workforce and human resources management issues.
Office of Workforce Development
Workforce development is a systematic process for identifying the human capital required to meet agency goals and developing the strategies to meet these requirements. The goal of the Office of Workforce Development is to provide state agencies with the tools, information, and training needed to ensure a quality workforce for state government. OWD has two programmatic areas: talent management and career development. The Talent Management Division provides agencies with management tools to measure performance, competencies and skill sets, and identify methods to improve performance. The Career Development Division provides agencies and state employees with certification and professional development programs such as the Certified Public Manager (CPM) program, the Human Resources Certification Program (HRCP), the Basic Supervisory Course (BSC), and the Administrative Support Certification Program (ASCP).
Personal Service Contract Review Board
The Personal Service Contract Review Board is charged by statute with promulgating rules and regulations that require personal services to be obtained in a manner that is competitive in nature, thereby resulting in quality services obtained at reasonable prices. Additionally, PSCRB reviews personal service contracts in excess of $75,000 to ensure that the terms of the agreements are favorable to the State of Mississippi and limit its risk of loss from exposure to liability. The Board and its staff are responsible for administering standards for the issuance of invitations for bids and requests for proposals, the award of bids or the evaluation of proposals received, consideration of costs and quality of services proposed, contract negotiations, the administrative monitoring of contract performance by agencies, and the necessary steps in terminating a contract. Further, PSCRB administers standards for the procurement of personal or professional services through the use of emergency and sole source contracts. PSCRB is responsible for establishing lists of preapproved vendors of various professional and personal services at preset prices that do not require bidding by agencies.
Employee Appeals Board
The Employee Appeals Board provides a quasi-judicial outlet beyond the agency level for aggrieved employees to pursue when internal agency grievance procedures are exhausted. Three hearing officers individually hear appeals assigned to them. EAB has concurrent jurisdiction with appropriate state and federal courts, and this outlet often leads to settlement of conflicts in a much more efficient manner. The full three-member EAB meets to review the results of a rendered decision if a review is requested by one of the parties.