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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Additional Actions Needed to Support a Fair and Inclusive Workplace
GAO-16-62: Published: May 19, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2016.
Nonexecutive employees at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) who responded to GAO's survey identified strengths and areas for improvement in CFPB's personnel practices and culture. Most respondents agreed that enthusiasm for CFPB's mission is high and that immediate supervisors respect and value differences among individuals. However, GAO's survey found heightened concerns related to...
Sourcing Policy: Initial Agency Efforts to Balance the Government to Contractor Mix in the Multisector Workforce
GAO-10-744T: Published: May 20, 2010. Publicly Released: May 20, 2010.
Federal agencies face a complicated set of decisions in finding the right mix of government and contractor personnel to conduct their missions. While contractors, when properly used, can play an important role in helping agencies accomplish their missions, GAO has found that agencies face challenges with increased reliance on contractors to perform core agency missions. Congress and the Executive...
Civilian Agencies' Development and Implementation of Insourcing Guidelines
GAO-10-58R: Published: Oct 6, 2009. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 2009.
Federal agencies rely on a multisector workforce composed of federal employees and contractor personnel to perform services as they carry out their missions. Determining whether to obtain services through insourcing with current or new federal employees, outsourcing with private sector contractors, or cosourcing with a combination of the two is an important economic and strategic decision critical...
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...
Senior Executive Service: Enhanced Agency Efforts Needed to Improve Diversity as the Senior Corps Turns Over
GAO-04-123T: Published: Oct 15, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 2003.
The federal government faces large losses in its Senior Executive Service (SES), primarily through retirement but also because of other normal attrition. This presents the government with substantial challenges to ensuring an able management cadre and also provides opportunities to affect the composition of the SES. In a January 2003 report, GAO-03-34, GAO estimated the number of SES members who w...
Multiple Employment and Training Programs: Funding and Performance Measures for Major Programs
GAO-03-589: Published: Apr 18, 2003. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2003.
Federally funded employment and training programs serve an important role in the nation's economy by helping job seekers enhance their job skills, identify job opportunities and ultimately find employment. While the Department of Labor is responsible for overseeing many of these programs, other agencies such as the Departments of Health and Human Services and Housing and Urban Development also pla...
State Department: Staffing Shortfalls and Ineffective Assignment System Compromise Diplomatic Readiness at Hardship Posts
GAO-02-626: Published: Jun 18, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 2002.
Foreign service employees often experience difficult environmental and living conditions while assigned to U.S. embassies and consulates that are designated as "hardship posts." These conditions include inadequate medical facilities, few opportunities for spousal employment, poor schools, high levels of crime, and severe climate. Because the State Department is understaffed, both in terms of the n...
Federal Employees: OPM Data Do Not Identify if Temporary Employees Work for Extended Periods
GAO-02-296: Published: Mar 1, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 2, 2002.
In the early 1990s, concerns arose that federal agencies were retaining employees in an ongoing series of temporary appointments without benefits or tenure. For fiscal years 1991 through 2000, 10 agencies accounted for 90 percent of all temporary limited employees hired governmentwide. During this period, the number of temporary limited employees hired governmentwide declined by 47 percent--from 2...
Federal Employees: Hiring Patterns at Federal Agencies Just Prior to a Change in Administration
GAO-01-1147R: Published: Sep 24, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 3, 2001.
GAO reviewed 24 agencies that are covered by the Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act of 1990 to analyze trends in hiring patterns. Generally, GAO did not find any discernable patterns. More than half of the 24 agencies GAO reviewed reported career hiring increases of 10 percent or more between July and December 2000 compared to the same period in 1999. A similar number of agencies, although not nec...
Federal Employee Retirements: Expected Increase Over the Next 5 Years Illustrates Need for Workforce Planning
GAO-01-509: Published: Apr 27, 2001. Publicly Released: May 4, 2001.
If the federal government is to effectively manage the tasks and programs assigned to it through legislation, it must have a sufficient and qualified workforce. One important element that agencies must consider in their workforce planning is the number and kinds of employees who will retire during the next five years. GAO projects that the number of employees retiring will be roughly equivalent to...