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Federal Workers: Results of Studies on Federal Pay Varied Due to Differing Methodologies
GAO-12-564: Published: Jun 22, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2012.
Annual pay adjustments for the General Schedule (GS), the pay system covering the majority of federal workers, are either determined through the process specified in the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act of 1990 (FEPCA) or set based on percent increases authorized directly by Congress. GS employees receive an across-the-board increase (ranging from 0 to 3.8 percent since FEPCA was implemente...
Air Force Training: Actions Needed to Better Manage and Determine Costs of Virtual Training Efforts
GAO-12-727: Published: Jul 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 2012.
The three lead Air Force major commandsAir Mobility Command, Air Force Special Operations Command, and Air Combat Commandall utilize training requirements review boards composed of subject-matter experts to determine training requirements for specific aircraft. These boards determine which training requirements can be completed in live or virtual environments based upon factors such as...
Human Capital: HHS and EPA Can Improve Practices Under Special Hiring Authorities
GAO-12-692: Published: Jul 9, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 2012.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) use of special hiring authorities under 42 U.S.C. §§ 209(f) and (g) has increased in recent years. Nearly all HHS Title 42 employees work in one of three HHS operating divisions: the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Title 42 employees at HH...
Defense Acquisition Workforce: Improved Processes, Guidance, and Planning Needed to Enhance Use of Workforce Funds
GAO-12-747R: Published: Jun 20, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 21, 2012.
DOD has identified DAWDF as a key tool used to address gaps in the acquisition workforce through additional hiring and training initiatives. For example, DOD officials noted they used DAWDF funds to hire about 5,855 new acquisition staff through fiscal year 2011 and enabled the Defense Acquisition University to provide 19,000 additional classroom seats, among other improvements. However, DODs ab...
Disaster Assistance Workforce: FEMA Could Enhance Human Capital Management and Training
GAO-12-538: Published: May 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 2012.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has taken steps to enhance its management of the Disaster Assistance Employee (DAE) program, such as through the establishment of a credentialing program, the FEMA Qualification System (FQS); however, management controls and training could be strengthened. For example, FEMA does not monitor how the regions implement DAE policies and how DAEs implement...
Food and Drug Administration: Employee Performance Standards for the Timely Review of Medical Product Applications
GAO-12-650R: Published: Apr 18, 2012. Publicly Released: May 18, 2012.
Employee Performance Standards for the Timely Review of Medical Product Applications:Timeliness One Aspect of Employee Performance Assessments:FDA officials told us that,The timeliness of application reviews is one aspect of employee performance, and it is also important to balance timeliness with the agencys standards for medical product safety and effectiveness.Assessing employee performan...
Federal Emergency Management Agency: Workforce Planning and Training Could Be Enhanced by Incorporating Strategic Management Principles
GAO-12-487: Published: Apr 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2012.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is taking steps to integrate its workforce planning and training efforts across the agency consistent with critical success factors for strategic human capital management such as initiating working groups to coordinate related activities, but its efforts are in the early stages. Until recently FEMAs efforts related to workforce planning have been in...
Modernizing the Nuclear Security Enterprise: Strategies and Challenges in Sustaining Critical Skills in Federal and Contractor Workforces
GAO-12-468: Published: Apr 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2012.
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and its M&O contractors have developed and implemented multifaceted strategies to recruit, develop, and retain both the federal and contractor workforces needed to preserve critical skills in the enterprise. NNSAs recruiting and retention efforts for its federal staff focus on attracting early career hires with competitive pay and developme...
Federal Telework: Program Measurement Continues to Confront Data Reliability Issues
GAO-12-519: Published: Apr 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 2012.
To prepare for its reporting obligations under the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) assembled the Interagency Telework Measurement Group, consisting of officials from several federal agencies, to assist in revising the telework data callthe survey OPM has used since 2002 to collect telework data from executive agencies. This group standardized key te...
Department of Homeland Security: Preliminary Observations on DHS's Efforts to Improve Employee Morale
GAO-12-509T: Published: Mar 22, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 2012.
Over time, federal surveys have consistently found that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees are less satisfied with their jobs than the government-wide average. In the 2004 Office of Personnel Managements federal employee surveya tool that measures employees perceptions of whether and to what extent conditions characterizing successful organizations are present in their agency5...