Office of Personnel Management (91 - 100 of 638 items)
Human Capital: Diversity in the Federal SES and Processes for Selecting New Executives
GAO-09-110: Published: Nov 26, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 26, 2008.
A diverse Senior Executive Service (SES), which generally represents the most experienced segment of the federal workforce, can be an organizational strength by bringing a wider variety of perspectives and approaches to policy development and implementation, strategic planning, problem solving, and decision making. In a January 2003 report (GAO-03-34), GAO provided data on career SES members by ra...
Personnel Security Clearances: Preliminary Observations on Joint Reform Efforts to Improve the Governmentwide Clearance Eligibility Process
GAO-08-1050T: Published: Jul 30, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2008.
Over the past decade a number of requirements have been established with regard to the processing of security clearances for federal employees. The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA) of 2004 established statutory clearance requirements for the executive agencies, military departments, and intelligence community. These requirements include, among other things, milestones for t...
Commercial Drivers: Certification Process for Drivers with Serious Medical Conditions
GAO-08-1030T: Published: Jul 24, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2008.
Millions of drivers hold commercial driver licenses (CDL), allowing them to operate commercial vehicles. The Department of Transportation (DOT) established regulations requiring medical examiners to certify that these drivers are medically fit to operate their vehicles and provides oversight of their implementation. Little is known on the extent to which individuals with serious medical conditions...
Long-Term Care Insurance: Oversight of Rate Setting and Claims Settlement Practices
GAO-08-712: Published: Jun 30, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2008.
As the baby boom generation ages, the demand for long-term care services, which include nursing home care, is likely to grow and could strain state and federal resources. The increased use of long-term care insurance (LTCI) may be a way of reducing the share of long-term care paid by state and federal governments. Oversight of LTCI is primarily the responsibility of states, but over the past 12 ye...
Human Capital: Selected Agencies Have Implemented Key Features of Their Senior Executive Performance-Based Pay Systems, but Refinements Are Needed
GAO-08-1019T: Published: Jul 22, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 2008.
In 2003, Congress and the administration established a performance-based pay system for Senior Executive Service (SES) members that requires a link between individual and organizational performance and pay. Specifically, agencies are allowed to raise SES pay caps if their systems are certified by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) with concurrence by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)...
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation: A More Strategic Approach Could Improve Human Capital Management
GAO-08-624: Published: Jun 12, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 2008.
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) employs over 800 federal employees and uses some 1,500 private sector employees to insure the pensions of millions of private sector workers and retirees in certain employer-sponsored pension plans. In recent years, PBGC's projected financial liabilities and workloads have increased greatly due to a large number of pension plan terminations. Given th...
Personnel Clearances: Key Factors for Reforming the Security Clearance Process
GAO-08-776T: Published: May 22, 2008. Publicly Released: May 22, 2008.
Since 1974, GAO has examined personnel security clearance processes and acquired a historical view of key factors to consider in reform efforts. GAO placed the Department of Defense's (DOD) personnel security clearance program, which represents 80 percent of federal government clearances, on its high-risk list in 2005 due to long-standing problems. These problems include incomplete investigative r...
Human Capital: Transforming Federal Recruiting and Hiring Efforts
GAO-08-762T: Published: May 8, 2008. Publicly Released: May 8, 2008.
To address the challenges that the nation faces, it will be important for federal agencies to change their cultures and create the institutional capacity to become high-performing organizations. This includes recruiting and retaining a federal workforce able to create, sustain, and thrive in organizations that are flatter, results-oriented, and externally focused. In 2001, GAO identified strategic...
Human Capital: Corps of Engineers Needs to Update Its Workforce Planning Process to More Effectively Address Its Current and Future Workforce Needs
GAO-08-596: Published: May 7, 2008. Publicly Released: May 7, 2008.
With a workforce of about 35,000, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) provides engineering services for civil works and military programs in the United States and overseas. Recently, the Corps' focus has shifted to also support contingency operations, such as responding to natural disasters. To meet its mission and emerging priorities, the Corps must have effective human capital planning...
Older Workers: Federal Agencies Face Challenges, but Have Opportunities to Hire and Retain Experienced Employees
GAO-08-630T: Published: Apr 30, 2008. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2008.
The federal workforce, like the nation's workforce as a whole, is aging. As experienced employees retire, they leave behind critical gaps in leadership and institutional knowledge, increasing the challenges government agencies face in maintaining a skilled workforce. We and others have emphasized the need to hire and retain older workers as one part of a comprehensive strategy to address expected...