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An Integrated Approach to Human Resources Management
115196: Jan 1, 1981
This article appeared in the GAO Review, Vol. 16, Issue 2, Spring 1981. In 1980, GAO began operating an independent personnel system which removed it from most Office of Personnel Management regulations. This independence, combined with a continually expanding congressional mandate, a changing work force, legal constraints on employment practices, and improvements in personnel management technolog...
Better Use Can Be Made of Federal Professional Staff
FPCD-81-14: Published: Dec 31, 1980. Publicly Released: Dec 31, 1980.
A survey was conducted of staffing problems which effect the use of skilled professionals in the federal government. The increasing complexity of the work of the government makes it imperative that government makes the best use of the special talents of its professional staff. Private industry has shown the benefits of employing professionals in tasks which require their highest skill use and the...
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...
The Alternative Work Schedules Experiment: Congressional Oversight Needed To Avoid Likely Failure
FPCD-81-2: Published: Nov 14, 1980. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 1980.
Federal employees are participating in a nationwide voluntary experiment to determine the effects of alternative work schedules (AWS) and to determine whether, and in what situations, the Federal Government can successfully use them. The experiment was authorized by the Federal Employees Flexible and Compressed Work Schedules Act, which requires the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to assess t...
Supervisor to Nonsupervisor Ratios in the Federal Government and the Private Sector
FPCD-80-65: Published: Sep 30, 1980. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1980.
In response to a request to compare supervisor to nonsupervisor ratios between the Federal Government and private industry, GAO obtained available statistical data from the Office of Personnel Management and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The usefulness of aggregate data such as supervisor to nonsupervisor ratios is very limited. GAO had strong reservations about the data collected and the compar...
Handbook for Government Work Force Requirements
FPCD-80-36: Published: Jan 28, 1980. Publicly Released: Jan 28, 1980.
It is difficult for most organizations to determine how many workers they need for a given period of time. Federal government agencies have a particularly difficult time determining work-force requirements because their outputs are often indistinct, reversible, and seem unrelated to changes in their work force. Yet the work-force requirements process is essential to maintaining or improving produc...
Assistance to Displaced Federal Civilian Employees--Avoiding Loss of Needed Trained Personnel
FPCD-80-3: Published: Oct 16, 1979. Publicly Released: Oct 16, 1979.
A review was made of assistance provided to Federal civilian employees displaced from their positions through no fault of their own when agencies reorganize or act to adjust to program, funding, personnel ceilings, or other changes. The review was conducted at six selected Federal facilities representing both civilian and Department of Defense (DOD) agencies in the Denver, Colorado, and Ogden, Uta...
Flexible and Compressed Work Schedules in Federal Agencies
106881: Aug 21, 1978
S. 517 would authorize employees and agencies to experiment with flexible and compressed work schedules. The most common compressed work schedule found among 33 non-Federal organizations contacted by GAO was the 4-day, 40-hour workweek. Advantages noted for compressed schedules were increased productivity, better employee morale, and reduced short-term leave use. Disadvantages reported were fatigu...
Government Prohibition on Using Commercial Travel Agents
107024: Aug 9, 1978
A recent GAO review on the prohibition against using commercial travel agents to arrange transportation for Government employees traveling on official business included a history of the prohibition and provided information on the yearly expenditures of Federal departments and agencies resulting from the prohibition. Responses to a questionnaire indicated that 1,526 Government employees spend, on t...
Questionable Management Practices at the Facilities Engineer Support Agency, Fort Belvoir
LCD-77-445: Published: Oct 19, 1977. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 1977.
Alleged mismanagement practices at the Facilities Engineering Support Agency, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, involved: decommissioning of a nuclear power barge, contractor employees, and contract acceptances.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is decommissioning the nuclear power barge Sturgis after it spent more than $1 million to install an emergency core cooling system as alleged. When the system was ins...