Compensation (41 - 50 of 95 items)
Methods Used by Certain Foreign Governments To Set and Adjust Compensation Levels for Their Civil Servants
FPCD-82-40: Published: Apr 28, 1982. Publicly Released: Oct 5, 1982.
In response to a congressional request, GAO obtained information on how foreign governments set and adjust civil servant pay and benefits. Specifically, GAO obtained information on the compensation systems of Australia, Canada, England, and Japan.Australia sets pay for virtually all of its 154,000 civil servants by collective bargaining. The only exceptions are for 30 top-level officials whose pay...
Perspectives on the Effectiveness of Service Enlisted Bonus Programs
FPCD-82-70: Published: Aug 23, 1982. Publicly Released: Aug 23, 1982.
GAO summarized observations and findings from numerous audit and research groups, including those of GAO, on the armed services' enlistment and reenlistment bonus programs.A major problem for the armed services has been recruiting and retaining quality people with the right mix of skills and experience to perform their mission. The basic pay and allowances system currently in use by the military d...
Computation of Cost-of-Living Allowances for Uniformed Personnel Could Be More Accurate
FPCD-82-8: Published: Feb 25, 1982. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 1982.
GAO reviewed the methodology used to compute cost-of-living allowances (COLA's) for federal personnel because there were concerns about its appropriateness.GAO found that the Department of Defense (DOD) uses an out-dated spendable income table on which to base COLA payments and adjustments for environmental factors resulting in undercompensation for some uniformed personnel and overcompensation fo...
117012: Dec 9, 1981
Comments were presented on H.R. 5038. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), this bill was proposed to assist in the efforts to rebuild the air traffic control system. Parts of the bill are also intended to fulfill a commitment FAA says it made to working controllers who have kept the air traffic control system operating. The bill, if enacted, would establish special pay different...
Civil Service Reform After Two Years: Some Initial Problems Resolved but Serious Concerns Remain
FPCD-82-1: Published: Nov 10, 1981. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 1981.
The Civil Service Reform Act requires GAO to submit annual reports to the President and Congress on significant activities of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Merit Sytems Protection Board (MSPB), including the Office of the Special Counsel. In addition, GAO was asked to include the activities of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) in its reports.The startup and transition...
Staffing, Funding, and Use of Military Bands
FPCD-81-72: Published: Sep 23, 1981. Publicly Released: Oct 2, 1981.
In answer to a request, GAO obtained information concerning the staffing, funding, and use of military bands.Since 1964, the number of military bands and band members has declined. In 1964, the services had 200 bands and 7,465 band members. As of June 1, 1981, the services had 100 bands and 5,048 band members. Funding levels, in terms of constant fiscal year 1975 dollars, have also declined, altho...
Alternatives to the Current Method of Computing General Schedule Pay
FPCD-81-60: Published: Aug 26, 1981. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 1981.
GAO was asked to determine the costs that could be saved if the method of compensating General Schedule employees was based on the actual work hours in a calendar year. Currently, General Schedule employees' annual salaries are based on 2,080 hours, or 260 workdays, even though there are usually one or two additional workdays in a calendar year for which employees are also paid.GAO identified two...
Federal Judiciary's Court Reporting System
116449: Jun 26, 1981
Many court reporters are taking advantage of the present system for recording and transcribing Federal district court proceedings by overcharging litigants for transcripts; operating private businesses out of space provided by Federal courts; and using substitutes rather than personally providing the services for which they were hired. The system is costly to both the courts and litigants and is p...
Cost-of-Living Allowance Program in Alaska
115242: May 14, 1981
Under present law, certain civilian employees in Alaska and other nonforeign areas outside the continental United States are authorized to receive cost-of-living allowances (COLA) when living costs are substantially higher than those in Washington, D.C. The allowance, which may not exceed 25 percent of base pay, is not subject to Federal income tax. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is resp...
Cost-of-Living Allowances for Federal Employees in Nonforeign Areas Should Be Based on Spendable Income
FPCD-81-48: Published: May 13, 1981. Publicly Released: May 13, 1981.
The purpose of a cost-of-living allowance is to enable a Federal employee in a nonforeign area to maintain purchasing power similar to that of a comparable Federal employee in Washington, D.C. In a May 1979 report to the President, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recognized the reasons for adopting spendable income as the base for cost-of-living allowances but did not propose this change...