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  • Writer's pictureRachel Holly

Ringing in the New Fiscal Year!

Updated: Nov 2, 2022

Looking back at a growth filled FY22 and looking forward to a prosperous FY23

As we wrap up the federal government’s Fiscal Year of 2022 (FY22), looking back we can see ample evidence that AvantGarde has proven itself to be among the premier Human Capital (HC) consulting firms and a trusted partner for more than a 15 federal distinct cabinet and sub-cabinet agencies. In FY22 alone, AvantGarde was contracted for more than a dozen new projects, with several new federal agencies (including two different offices in the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Treasury/Office of the Comptroller of the Currency) joining our list of clients. Once again, we have seen our year-end growth reach double digits, with 80% of that growth coming from existing clients who appreciate AvantGarde’s value proposition as well as the values we exemplify in our people.

Throughout FY22 we continued to offer a full range of Human Capital services, from HR Operations to Organizational Solutions to Human Capital Strategy. These projects included everything from Talent Acquisition to Strategic Workforce Planning and required top tier talent from our ranks of seasoned HR operations managers, organizational development consultants, former federal HC senior managers, HR data analysts, and industrial organizational psychologists. Our growth in contracted work led us to hire and welcome 50 new team members over the year, and the waning pandemic allowed many of us to finally meet in person for both company meetings and social events.

Among all of the new projects and changes, we’re most proud of the impact that the AvantGarde team was able to make in our client work. As one example, in late FY21, we started working with a new client, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to develop a Recruitment Plan and Strategy with eight data-driven, tailored strategies to address recruitment challenges across the agency. It also included guidance on implementation, benchmarked information on cohort hiring, digestible data tables, tailored best practices research, and university recommendations. Building on this product, we then developed goals, objectives, strategies, and concrete actions to address gaps and work towards an effective, future-focused workforce.

Creation of these guiding documents was an iterative process of review and validation with the APHIS Human Resources Division (HRD) and senior APHIS leadership. What made these efforts so successful and impactful at APHIS is what differentiates AG. We listened intently to our client’s needs, concerns, and future plans and then crafted tailored, specific solutions to meet those needs. We took the time to understand our client which translated into plans and strategies that not only met and exceeded their needs and expectations, but more importantly could be immediately adopted and implemented without revision. APHIS now has products that reflect leadership and employee input and can guide meeting their key priorities for years to come.

Looking ahead to FY23, we expect much of the same robust growth and meaningful impact from our work with clients. We also expect new challenges as well as many new opportunities to provide our integrated Human Capital solutions to existing and new clients who recognize our expertise, innovation, and people-centered approach. Many of those opportunities are already well underway, with several new contracts slated to come our direction in the next couple of months and providing many compelling reasons to celebrate the new fiscal year.

To stay connected to AG, join us by liking and following us on LinkedIn and Facebook and visit our website at! Onward and upward following a tremendous end to FY22, and to an even better beginning to FY23! We are grateful.

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