Federal agencies (11 - 20 of 109 items)
Federal Workforce: Preliminary Observations on Strengthening Employee Engagement During Challenging Times
GAO-15-529T: Published: Apr 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 2015.
GAO's ongoing work indicates that the recent government-wide decline in engagement, as measured by the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Employee Engagement Index (EEI) masks the fact that the majority of federal agencies either sustained or increased employee engagement levels during the same period. Government-wide, engagement has declined 4 percentage points from an estimated 67 percent in...
Results-Oriented Management: OPM Needs to Do More to Ensure Meaningful Distinctions Are Made in SES Ratings and Performance Awards
GAO-15-189: Published: Jan 22, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 2015.
In 2012, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) facilitated development of a new Senior Executive Service (SES) performance appraisal system with a more uniform framework to communicate expectations and evaluate the performance of executive branch agency SES members. The new system is expected to promote consistency, clarity, and transferability of performance standards and ratings across agenci...
Federal Workforce: OPM and Agencies Need to Strengthen Efforts to Identify and Close Mission-Critical Skills Gaps
GAO-15-223: Published: Jan 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 2015.
Lessons learned from initial efforts to try to close skills gaps could strengthen future approaches. For example, the Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO) Council Working Group (Working Group) identified skills gaps in six government-wide occupations, such as cybersecurity and auditors. Although this effort was an important step forward, GAO's work has identified skills gaps in nearly two dozen occu...
Labor Relations Activities: Actions Needed to Improve Tracking and Reporting of the Use and Cost of Official Time
GAO-15-9: Published: Oct 23, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 2014.
The ten agencies GAO reviewed reported using 2.5 million official time hours in fiscal year 2013 compared to about 2 million hours in fiscal year 2006. Although the total number of hours charged increased by 25 percent, 7 of the 10 selected agencies reported lower official time rates in fiscal year 2013 as compared to fiscal year 2006. Three agencies reported increased official time rates over the...
2013 Government Shutdown: Three Departments Reported Varying Degrees of Impacts on Operations, Grants, and Contracts
GAO-15-86: Published: Oct 15, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2014.
The 2013 shutdown impacted some operations and services at the three departments that GAO reviewed: Energy (DOE), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Transportation (DOT). For example, at HHS's National Institutes of Health (NIH), initial closure of the clinical trials registry prevented new trial registrations for patients, before NIH recalled a small number of employees to reopen the registry....
Federal Paid Administrative Leave: Additional Guidance Needed to Improve OPM Data
GAO-15-79: Published: Oct 17, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2014.
Policies. Agencies have the authority to grant paid administrative leave—an excused absence without loss of pay or charge to individual leave—and to set policies governing its use. Among the five agencies GAO reviewed—the Departments of Defense (DOD), the Interior, and Veterans Affairs (VA); the General Services Administration; and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)—age...
Managing for Results: Agencies' Trends in the Use of Performance Information to Make Decisions
GAO-14-747: Published: Sep 26, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2014.
Agencies' reported use of performance information, as measured by GAO's use of performance information index, generally did not improve between 2007 and 2013. The index was derived from a set of survey questions in the 2007 and 2013 surveys that reflected the extent to which managers reported that their agencies used performance information for various management activities and decision making. GA...
Federal Workforce: Human Capital Management Challenges and the Path to Reform
GAO-14-723T: Published: Jul 15, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 2014.
Serious human capital shortfalls can erode the capacity of federal agencies and threaten their ability to cost-effectively carry out their missions. While progress has been made, continued attention is needed to ensure agencies have the human resources to drive performance and achieve the results the nation demands. Specifically, additional areas needing to be addressed include:Classification GAO'...
Human Capital: Strategies to Help Agencies Meet Their Missions in an Era of Highly Constrained Resources
GAO-14-168: Published: May 7, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 6, 2014.
GAO convened a forum of chief human capital officers (CHCO) who described a number of difficulties their agencies face in maintaining the capacity to meet their missions during lean fiscal times. GAO's analysis identified three broad recurring human capital challenges and strategies to address them. While these challenges were not new nor exclusively a result of constrained budgets, reduced resour...
Human Capital: Agencies Should More Fully Evaluate the Costs and Benefits of Executive Training
GAO-14-132: Published: Jan 31, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 2014.
Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCO) from 26 agencies reported that, from fiscal years 2008 through 2012, they spent almost $57 million (in constant 2012 dollars) on executive training provided by external providers. CHCOs reported using the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Federal Executive Institute and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government most often. Agencies are required to maintain rec...