Office of Personnel Management (41 - 50 of 639 items)
Federal Employees: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Performance Management Pilot
GAO-13-755: Published: Sep 12, 2013. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2013.
GAO found that the GEAR framework generally addresses previously identified key practices for effective performance management, such as aligning individual performance expectations with organizational goals, but refinements could improve future government-wide implementation. Five federal agencies are piloting GEAR--the Departments of Energy (DOE), Homeland Security/Coast Guard (DHS/Coast Guard),...
Personnel Security Clearances: Opportunities Exist to Improve Quality Throughout the Process
GAO-14-186T: Published: Nov 13, 2013. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 2013.
Several agencies in the executive branch have key roles and responsibilities in the personnel security clearance process. Executive Order 13467 designates the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) as the Security Executive Agent, who is responsible for developing policies and procedures for background investigations and adjudications. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) conducts investigati...
Personnel Security Clearances: Full Development and Implementation of Metrics Needed to Measure Quality of Process
GAO-14-157T: Published: Oct 31, 2013. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2013.
Multiple executive branch agencies are responsible for different steps of the multi-phased personnel security clearance process that includes: determination of whether a position requires a clearance, application submission, investigation, and adjudication. Agency officials must first determine whether a federal civilian position requires access to classified information. The Director of National...
Security Clearances: Additional Mechanisms May Aid Federal Tax-Debt Detection
GAO-13-733: Published: Sep 10, 2013. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2013.
About 8,400 individuals adjudicated as eligible for a security clearance from April 2006 to December 2011 owed approximately $85 million in unpaid federal taxes, as of June 2012. This represents about 3.4 percent of the civilian executive-branch employees and contractors who were favorably adjudicated during that period. GAO found that about 4,700 of the approximately 8,400 individuals were federa...
Grant Workforce: Agency Training Practices Should Inform Future Government-wide Efforts
GAO-13-591: Published: Jun 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2013.
Identifying the federal grant workforce presents challenges due to differences in how agencies manage grants and the wide range of job series that make up the grant workforce. Some agencies manage grants by using a combination of program specialists (subject-matter experts) and grants management specialists, while other agencies use program specialists to manage the entire grant process. In the fo...
Federal Telework: Office of Personnel Management's 2012 Telework Report Shows Opportunities for Improvement
GAO-13-298R: Published: Jun 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2013.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) partially reported on two of the seven reporting requirements of the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, but did not report agency information for the five remaining requirements. This was because insufficient time had elapsed for all requirements of the act to be fully implemented and because agencies appeared to face challenges in measuring outcomes for som...
Personnel Security Clearances: Further Actions Needed to Improve the Process and Realize Efficiencies
GAO-13-728T: Published: Jun 20, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2013.
In July 2012, GAO reported that the Director of National Intelligence, as Security Executive Agent, had not provided agencies clearly defined policy and procedures to consistently determine whether a civilian position required a security clearance. Underdesignating positions can lead to security risks; overdesignating positions can result in significant cost implications. Also, GAO reported that t...
Federal Retirement Processing: OPM Is Pursuing Incremental Information Technology Improvements after Canceling a Modernization Plagued by Management Weaknesses
GAO-13-580T: Published: May 9, 2013. Publicly Released: May 9, 2013.
In a series of reviews, GAO found that the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) retirement modernization efforts were hindered by weaknesses in key management practices that are essential to successful information technology (IT) modernization projects. For example, in 2005, GAO made recommendations to address weaknesses in the following areas:Project management: While OPM had defined major comp...
Managing For Results: Agencies Have Elevated Performance Management Leadership Roles, but Additional Training Is Needed
GAO-13-356: Published: Apr 16, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 2013.
The designation of senior-level officials to key performance management roles with responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act Modernization Act of 2010 (GPRAMA) has helped elevate accountability for performance management within federal agencies and ensure high-level involvement, according to officials GAO interviewed. The 24 Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act agencies have...
Characteristics of Presidential Appointments that do not Require Senate Confirmation
GAO-13-299R: Published: Mar 1, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2013.
In summary, GAO found the following:There are 321 PA positions governmentwide, which fall into three general groups-- 67 percent of PA positions exist within commissions, councils, committees, boards or foundations; another 29 percent of PA positions are within the Executive Office of the President (EOP); and the remaining 4 percent are within other federal departments or agencies. Within each of...