Staff utilization (71 - 80 of 88 items)
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...
GAO Reviews of the Professional Standards Review Program
106274: Jun 15, 1978
Two reviews of the Professional Standards Review Organizations (PSRO) program dealt with: (1) the validity of claims made by PSRO about cost savings and causes for medicare utilization changes observed in the study by the Office of Planning Evaluation and Legislation; and (2) staffing levels, salaries, and policies for members of selected PSRO's. When GAO recomputed savings reported in seven PSRO'...
Management and Use of Army Enlisted Personnel: What Needs To Be Done
FPCD-78-6: Published: Feb 16, 1978. Publicly Released: Feb 16, 1978.
For many years, the Army relied on the draft to acquire a large, continuing supply of new personnel. Since the draft ended, it has pursued an aggressive program to recruit volunteers, paying bonuses to enlistees for critically needed skills. Although the Army has shortages of enlisted personnel in critically needed skills, it has substantial numbers of individuals qualified in those skills. It has...
Planning for Staff in the Federal Government: Congressional Interests and Agency Practices
090977: Jan 1, 1978
This article appeared in the GAO Review, Vol. 13, Issue 4, Fall 1978...
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...
Development and Use of Military Services' Staffing Standards: More Direction, Emphasis, and Consistency Needed
FPCD-77-72: Published: Oct 18, 1977. Publicly Released: Oct 18, 1977.
Personnel costs represent the largest part of the Department of Defense's budget, with over half of the personnel serving in support rather than combat functions in fiscal year 1977. The military services use a variety of management tools and techniques such as manpower surveys, staffing guides, criteria manuals, and staffing standards in determining support personnel requirements.With the excepti...
Urgent Need for Continued Improvements in Enlisted Career Force Management
FPCD-77-42: Published: Sep 29, 1977. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 1977.
Current enlisted career personnel imbalances, caused by past management practices, are very costly. On June 30, 1976, the armed services had about 28,000 more career enlisted personnel than called for in their enlisted force management plans.Enlisted force management plans specify the objectives of the services' enlisted management services. Years of service is the key to planning objective career...
Management of Civilian Personnel in the Federal Government: The Present Situation and Proposals for Improvements
FPCD-77-36: Published: Jun 6, 1977. Publicly Released: Jun 6, 1977.
Widespread agreement now exists among public managers of both political parties, students of government and some government personnel officials, members of congressional oversight committees, and public service organizations on the need for federal personnel systems changes. There is rather general agreement that the systems must be modified to improve service delivery, enhance productivity, and r...
Social Security Administration Employees Detailed or Assigned to Non-Social Security Offices
HRD-77-50: Published: Mar 8, 1977. Publicly Released: May 20, 1977.
The head of an executive department may detail employees among its bureaus and offices, except employees required by law to perform specific work. The work performed by 20 Social Security Administration (SSA) employees detailed or assigned to non-social security offices was investigated to determine whether their salaries were reimbursed to the trust fund.Of the 20 employees, 15 were working in ei...
Study of Certain Management Practices at the National Institute of Education
HRD-77-1: Published: Oct 18, 1976. Publicly Released: Oct 18, 1976.
Certain management practices at the National Institute of Education (NIE) were studied to identify discrepancies or areas of weakness in personnel and manpower functions. A manpower planning system was identified as an area of concern and NIE selected a small outside firm to develop a manpower planning system. Major benefits of a manpower planning system include: justification of the budget based...