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Federal Hiring: OPM Needs to Improve Management and Oversight of Hiring Authorities
GAO-16-521: Published: Aug 2, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 1, 2016.
A hiring authority is the law, executive order, or regulation that allows an agency to hire a person into the federal civil service. Of the 105 hiring authorities used in fiscal year 2014, agencies relied on 20 for 91 percent of the 196,226 new appointments made that year. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) officials said they do not know if agencies rely on a small number of authorities because...
Human Capital: Selected Agencies' Use of Alternative Service Delivery Options for Human Capital Activities
GAO-04-679: Published: Jun 25, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 2004.
Human capital offices have traditionally used alternative service delivery (ASD)--the use of other than internal staff to provide a service or to deliver a product--as a way to reduce costs for transaction-based services. GAO was asked to identify which human capital activities agencies were selecting for ASD, the reasons why, how they were managing the process, and some of the lessons they had le...
Federal Hiring: Reconciling Managerial Flexibility with Veterans' Preference
GGD-95-102: Published: Jun 16, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal hiring procedures, focusing on whether: (1) those procedures are working; and (2) hiring reform efforts address the needs of agencies and applicants.GAO found that: (1) the Department of Agriculture initiated a demonstration project to test the feasibility of providing managers more selection flexibility, the Office of Personnel Management...
Alternative Work Schedules: Many Agencies Do Not Allow Employees the Full Flexibility Permitted by Law
GGD-94-55: Published: Mar 29, 1994. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 1994.
GAO reviewed selected federal agencies' authorization of alternative work schedules (AWS) for their employees, focusing on the reasons AWS are not more readily available to federal employees.GAO found that: (1) authorizing legislation permits but does not require federal agencies to institute AWS programs; (2) agencies' headquarters promulgate general AWS policies that vary widely and generally do...
Federal Recruiting: College Placement Officials' Views of the Government's Campus Outreach Efforts
GGD-92-48BR: Published: Jan 31, 1992. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the results of a survey of federal agency recruiting activities at selected colleges and universities.GAO found that: (1) 35 placement officials reported that graduating seniors were either very or generally interested in meeting with federal recruiters; (2) 5 of those 35 placement officials added that some students were only interes...
Federal Recruiting and Hiring: Making Government Jobs Attractive to Prospective Employees
GGD-90-105: Published: Aug 22, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the: (1) major problems that federal agencies were having in recruiting and hiring qualified entry-level employees; and (2) effectiveness of Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and federal agency actions in addressing those problems.GAO found that: (1) noncompetitive starting pay, ranging from 4 percent to 49 percent behind private-sector salaries...
Senior Executive Service: Data on Hard-To-Fill Vacancies Not Readily Available
GGD-89-72BR: Published: Apr 26, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) Senior Executive Service (SES) positions that remained vacant for at least 120 days; and (2) why agencies were unable to fill the vacancies sooner.GAO found that: (1) complete, accurate, and current data on governmentwide career SES vacancies were not readily available; (2) Office of Personnel Management data on SES vacancies in...
Strong Leadership Needed To Revitalize Public Service
T-GGD-88-21: Published: Mar 24, 1988. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 1988.
GAO discussed the quality of human resource management in the federal work force. GAO noted that federal agencies: (1) need strong, consistent, high-quality leadership to function effectively; (2) must overcome difficult obstacles such as noncompetitive pay, a poor public image, and an inflexible personnel system; (3) should have fewer political appointees and more frequently reward and recognize...
Senior Executive Service: Investigating Distinguished Rank Award Nominees
GGD-86-86BR: Published: Jun 19, 1986. Publicly Released: Jun 19, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) policy of charging agencies a fee to investigate senior executives agencies nominate for a distinguished rank award under the Presidential Rank Awards Program.GAO noted that up to 6 percent of Senior Executive Service (SES) executives may receive rank awards each year. GAO found that OPM: (1...
Interpretation of a Section of U.S.C. in the Antideficiency Act
B-197841: Published: Mar 3, 1980. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1985.
An interpretation was requested on whether, under the Antideficiency Act, an agency can legally permit its employees to come to work after the expiration of the agency's appropriation for one fiscal year and prior to the enactment of either a regular appropriation or a continuing resolution appropriating funds for the subsequent fiscal year. GAO believes that any supervisory officer or employee, i...