Civil service (51 - 60 of 110 items)
Federal Pay-Setting Surveys Could Be Performed More Efficiently
FPCD-81-50: Published: Jun 23, 1981. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 1981.
GAO was requested to review certain aspects of federal wage and salary surveys and to identify more efficient alternatives.The federal government spends a great deal of time and money surveying the non-federal sector for wage and salary information. Some of this effort is repetitious and unnecessary. Of the many surveys done each year, GAO identified three that could be combined with other surveys...
Managing Human Resources for Increased Productivity
115035: Apr 28, 1981
The Civil Service Reform Act is clearly the most important reform of the Federal civil service system in nearly a century. The reforms are based on sound principles intended to maximize the productivity of Federal workers at all levels of Government. The goals of the Act are to provide a competent, honest, and productive Federal work force; provide a work force reflective of the Nation's diversity...
Need for Improved Fiscal Controls Over Combined Federal Campaign
AFMD-81-56: Published: Apr 10, 1981. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 1981.
GAO was asked to review the fiscal controls over the Combined Federal Campaign to see if greater safeguards are needed to ensure that Federal employee gifts are properly accounted for, controlled, and distributed to participating charitable groups. The specific concern was whether the difference between gifts pledged and gifts actually received, commonly called shrinkage, is being properly allocat...
Productivity Impact of Joint Federal Labor-Management Committees
FPCD-81-17: Published: Jan 13, 1981. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 1981.
Selected federal experiments with joint labor-management committees were reviewed to ascertain their impact on federal work force productivity. At four locations, GAO reviewed available records and reports applicable to the experiments and interviewed agency officials, committee participants, union officials, and the consultants who were involved in establishing the committees and assisting in the...
What Is Merit?
115195: Jan 1, 1981
This article appeared in the GAO Review, Vol. 16, Issue 2, Spring 1981. The concept of merit has been the cornerstone of the federal personnel system since the Civil Service Act was passed, but each generation redefines merit to reflect contemporary values and concerns. Three aspects of the merit principle emerge as consistent concerns or tacit assumptions: open competition, selection on the basis...
Federal Work Force Planning: Time for Renewed Emphasis
FPCD-81-4: Published: Dec 30, 1980. Publicly Released: Dec 30, 1980.
Workforce planning encompasses those management activities which determine an agency's workforce requirements and staffing needs. Its primary purpose is to provide management with sound data to make informed workforce requirements and staffing management decisions and to provide the basis for the development and justification of an agency's personnel budget. GAO undertook a study on some of the pr...
First Look at Senior Executive Service Performance Awards
FPCD-80-74: Published: Aug 15, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 1980.
The Senior Executive Service (SES) went into effect on July 13, l979, with a system of performance awards intended to encourage excellence in performance and higher productivity among Federal executives. The first bonuses under this system were paid in May and April of l980 by the Small Business Administration (SBA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Merit Systems P...
The Federal Labor Relations Authority: Its First Year in Operation
FPCD-80-40: Published: Apr 2, 1980. Publicly Released: Apr 2, 1980.
The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), an independent, bipartisan, and neutral third party for resolving labor-management relations disputes in the Federal Government, became a statutory agency on January 11, 1979, under the Civil Service Reform Act. The Act guarantees Federal employees the right to bargain collectively through their chosen representatives and established procedures for adj...
Career Challenges in a Changing Civil Service
112004: Mar 20, 1980
As the role of Government grows and changes, and as the decisions of public officials at all levels of Government have a more direct effect both on daily affairs and on prospects for the future, the quality of public service has increasingly become a major public concern. Attracting industrious and capable people to the Government, and holding them there, is at the core of an efficient and effecti...
Determining Federal Compensation: Changes Needed To Make the Processes More Equitable and Credible
FPCD-80-17: Published: Nov 13, 1979. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 1979.
Federal employees' pay is governed by the comparability principle. This is a concept designed to insure employees and the Nation's other taxpayers that pay is equitable and comparable with pay in the private sector. There are problems with the comparability system, and reform is needed. The roles of the parties involved in the system and the problems that proposed legislation will not correct were...