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Federal Workers: Results of Studies on Federal Pay Varied Due to Differing Methodologies
GAO-12-564: Published: Jun 22, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2012.
Annual pay adjustments for the General Schedule (GS), the pay system covering the majority of federal workers, are either determined through the process specified in the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act of 1990 (FEPCA) or set based on percent increases authorized directly by Congress. GS employees receive an across-the-board increase (ranging from 0 to 3.8 percent since FEPCA was implemente...
Department of State: Foreign Service Midlevel Staffing Gaps Persist Despite Significant Increases in Hiring
GAO-12-721: Published: Jun 14, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 2012.
The Department of State (State) faces persistent experience gaps in overseas Foreign Service positions, particularly at the midlevels, and these gaps have not diminished since 2008. In fiscal years 2009 and 2010, State increased the size of the Foreign Service by 17 percent. However, these new hires will not have the experience to reach midlevels until fiscal years 2014 and 2015. GAO found that 28...
Trade Adjustment Assistance: USDA Has Enhanced Technical Assistance for Farmers and Fishermen, but Steps Are Needed to Better Evaluate Program Effectiveness
GAO-12-731: Published: Jul 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 2012.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) certified relatively few commodities under its Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Farmers program, as reauthorized by the Trade and Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act of 2009, but provided assistance to most individual farmers and fishermen who produced certified commodities and applied for assistance. Specifically, USDA certified 5 of the 18 commo...
Employment for People with Disabilities: Little Is Known about the Effectiveness of Fragmented and Overlapping Programs
GAO-12-677: Published: Jun 29, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2012.
GAO identified 45 programs that supported employment for people with disabilities in fiscal year 2010, reflecting a fragmented system of services. The programs were administered by nine federal agencies and overseen by even more congressional committees. All programs overlapped with at least one other program in that they provided one or more similar employment service to a similar population...
Disability Employment: Further Action Needed to Oversee Efforts to Meet Federal Government Hiring Goals
GAO-12-568: Published: May 25, 2012. Publicly Released: May 25, 2012.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Department of Labor (Labor) have taken steps to implement the executive order and help agencies recruit, hire, and retain more employees with disabilities. OPM provided guidance to help agencies develop disability hiring plans and reviewed the 66 plans submitted. OPM identified deficiencies in most of the plans. For example, though 40 of 66 agencies...
Food and Drug Administration: Employee Performance Standards for the Timely Review of Medical Product Applications
GAO-12-650R: Published: Apr 18, 2012. Publicly Released: May 18, 2012.
Employee Performance Standards for the Timely Review of Medical Product Applications:Timeliness One Aspect of Employee Performance Assessments:FDA officials told us that,The timeliness of application reviews is one aspect of employee performance, and it is also important to balance timeliness with the agencys standards for medical product safety and effectiveness.Assessing employee performan...
Unemployed Older Workers: Many Face Long-Term Joblessness and Reduced Retirement Security
GAO-12-724T: Published: May 15, 2012. Publicly Released: May 15, 2012.
Unemployment rates for workers of all ages have risen dramatically since the start of the recent recession in December 2007, and workers age 55 and over have faced particularly long periods of unemployment. The seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate for older workers increased from 3.1 percent in December 2007 to a high of 7.6 percent in February 2010, before it decreased to 6.0 percent in April...
Workplace Safety and Health: Better OSHA Guidance Needed on Safety Incentive Programs
GAO-12-329: Published: Apr 9, 2012. Publicly Released: May 9, 2012.
Little research exists on the effect of workplace safety incentive programs and other workplace safety policies on workers' reporting of injuries and illnesses, but several experts identified a link between certain types of programs and policies and reporting. Researchers distinguish between rate-based safety incentive programs, which reward workers for achieving low rates of reported injuries or...
Federal Employees' Compensation Act: Status of Previously Identified Management Challenges
GAO-12-508R: Published: Mar 21, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 2012.
Labor and IGs from employing departments and agencies have consistently reported similar FECA program management challenges, such as oversight and information technology, and have linked these to increased program costs through improper payments. For example, one IG reported in 2007 that its department could not appropriately manage its long-term rolls and contain improper payments because staff a...
Defined Contribution Plans: Approaches in Other Countries Offer Beneficial Strategies in Several Areas
GAO-12-328: Published: Mar 22, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 2012.
In overseeing DC plans and service providers, regulatory agencies in the countries GAO reviewed use risk-based approaches to target practices deemed most likely to harm participants and to develop preventative measures. While the role of service providers varies, DC plans and service providers in the 4 countries GAO reviewed are overseen by multiple agenciesprimarily a pensions regulator and...