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What Is Merit?
115195: Jan 1, 1981
This article appeared in the GAO Review, Vol. 16, Issue 2, Spring 1981. The concept of merit has been the cornerstone of the federal personnel system since the Civil Service Act was passed, but each generation redefines merit to reflect contemporary values and concerns. Three aspects of the merit principle emerge as consistent concerns or tacit assumptions: open competition, selection on the basis...
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...
First Look at Senior Executive Service Performance Awards
FPCD-80-74: Published: Aug 15, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 1980.
The Senior Executive Service (SES) went into effect on July 13, l979, with a system of performance awards intended to encourage excellence in performance and higher productivity among Federal executives. The first bonuses under this system were paid in May and April of l980 by the Small Business Administration (SBA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Merit Systems P...
Streamlining the Federal Field Structure: Potential Opportunities, Barriers, and Actions That Can Be Taken
FPCD-80-4: Published: Aug 5, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 1980.
At a time when the Federal Government is looking for ways to cut federal spending and achieve a balanced budget, every reasonable cost-cutting opportunity must be explored. GAO sees the Federal Government's "field structure" as a prime area for exploring ways of cutting costs and raising government productivity.Agencies can reduce unnecessary and duplicative overhead and support costs by: (1) cons...
The Federal Labor Relations Authority: Its First Year in Operation
FPCD-80-40: Published: Apr 2, 1980. Publicly Released: Apr 2, 1980.
The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), an independent, bipartisan, and neutral third party for resolving labor-management relations disputes in the Federal Government, became a statutory agency on January 11, 1979, under the Civil Service Reform Act. The Act guarantees Federal employees the right to bargain collectively through their chosen representatives and established procedures for adj...
Career Challenges in a Changing Civil Service
112004: Mar 20, 1980
As the role of Government grows and changes, and as the decisions of public officials at all levels of Government have a more direct effect both on daily affairs and on prospects for the future, the quality of public service has increasingly become a major public concern. Attracting industrious and capable people to the Government, and holding them there, is at the core of an efficient and effecti...
Career Challenges in a Changing Civil Service
113264: Jan 1, 1980
This article appeared in the GAO Review, Vol. 15, Issue 3, Summer 1980. The broad civil service reforms in the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 have focused on the top levels of government. The Senior Executive Service has been created, and the Merit Pay System will soon go into effect. These reforms are intended to maximize the productivity of Federal workers at all levels of Government. When the...
Determining Federal Compensation: Changes Needed To Make the Processes More Equitable and Credible
FPCD-80-17: Published: Nov 13, 1979. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 1979.
Federal employees' pay is governed by the comparability principle. This is a concept designed to insure employees and the Nation's other taxpayers that pay is equitable and comparable with pay in the private sector. There are problems with the comparability system, and reform is needed. The roles of the parties involved in the system and the problems that proposed legislation will not correct were...
Stronger Management Needed To Improve Employee Organization Health Plans' Payment Practices
HRD-79-87: Published: Sep 7, 1979. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 1979.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has not done an effective job of guiding and overseeing the Employee Organization Plans participating in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program. OPM has allowed the plans to make claim payments without determining whether the claims represented sound comprehensive systems to determine the reasonableness of charges as the contracts require.The Plans h...