Personnel management (81 - 90 of 127 items)
Obstacles Hamper the Office of Personnel Management's Evaluation of the Implementation of the 1978 Civil Service Reform Act
FPCD-81-69: Published: Sep 14, 1981. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 1981.
GAO completed a limited review of the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) 5-year strategy for evaluating the implementation and impact of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978. GAO identified problems which it believes could hamper the collection of data needed to evaluate the Act.GAO identified the following management and technical weaknesses which it believes warrant careful consideration by...
Federal Pay-Setting Surveys Could Be Performed More Efficiently
FPCD-81-50: Published: Jun 23, 1981. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 1981.
GAO was requested to review certain aspects of federal wage and salary surveys and to identify more efficient alternatives.The federal government spends a great deal of time and money surveying the non-federal sector for wage and salary information. Some of this effort is repetitious and unnecessary. Of the many surveys done each year, GAO identified three that could be combined with other surveys...
Civil Service Reform: An Annotated Bibliography
OISS-81-07: Published: Jun 1, 1981. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 1981.
Selected articles and reports on civil service reform are presented. Subjects include: performance appraisal, accountability, merit pay, collective bargaining, whistleblowing, the Senior Executive Service, the Office of the Special Counsel, and the Federal Labor Relations Authority. The majority of articles encompass all sections of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 and do not fit into any spec...
Managing Human Resources for Increased Productivity
115035: Apr 28, 1981
The Civil Service Reform Act is clearly the most important reform of the Federal civil service system in nearly a century. The reforms are based on sound principles intended to maximize the productivity of Federal workers at all levels of Government. The goals of the Act are to provide a competent, honest, and productive Federal work force; provide a work force reflective of the Nation's diversity...
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...
Pay of Geologists in Relation to That of Mining Engineers
B-199090(HID): Published: Aug 18, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 18, 1980.
An employee of the Department of Energy raised a question regarding the pay of geologists in relation to that of mining engineers. He did not feel he had received equal treatment with regard to his pay as a geologist, because mining engineers holding the same position receive an additional 15 percent pay differential. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has been vested with the exclusive auth...
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...
Government Earns Low Marks on Proper Use of Consultants
FPCD-80-48: Published: Jun 5, 1980. Publicly Released: Jun 5, 1980.
Over the past 20 years, GAO has issued more than 20 audit reports identifying the need for practically every major federal agency to manage its consulting services better. However, many of the same problems still exist. The proper use of consulting services is a normal, legitimate way to improve government services and operations, and agencies must continue to have the option to use them where app...
Civil Service Reform--Where It Stands Today
FPCD-80-38: Published: May 13, 1980. Publicly Released: May 13, 1980.
The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 is intended to provide Federal managers with the flexibility to improve Government operations and productivity while, at the same time, protect employees from unfair or unwarranted practices. As part of civil service reform, a reorganization of the agencies administering the Federal personnel system was proposed and approved. Thus, the Civil Service Commission...