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Foreign Languages: Human Capital Approach Needed to Correct Staffing and Proficiency Shortfalls
GAO-02-375: Published: Jan 31, 2002. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 2002.
The changing security environment and the increasing globalization of the U.S. economy have significantly increased the need for federal employees with foreign language skills. GAO reviewed in detail the operations of the following four agencies: the Army, the State Department, the Department of Commerce's Foreign Commercial Service (FCS), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). These four...
Joint FBI and Justice Investigation of Alleged Misconduct by Senior FBI Personnel in 1997 and Our Queries About the Possibility of Similar Misconduct in 2001
GAO-02-189R: Published: Dec 21, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 2002.
This letter responds to allegations of improper conduct by senior Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) personnel in connection with an October 1997 retirement dinner for former FBI Assistant Director Larry Potts. The allegations asserted that a conference was scheduled at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia, to provide a reason for senior FBI personnel to travel to Mr. Potts' retireme...
Human Capital: Practices That Empowered and Involved Employees
GAO-01-1070: Published: Sep 14, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 23, 2001.
People are the federal government's most valuable asset. Studies of private and public sector organizations have shown that high-performing organizations value and invest in their employees--human capital--and align their "people policies" to support organizational performance goals. In the federal government, however, strategic human capital management is a pervasive challenge. GAO has included h...
Securities And Exchange Commission: Human Capital Challenges Require Management Attention
GAO-01-947: Published: Sep 17, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 23, 2001.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) human capital management practices have been shaped largely by a growing staffing crisis that threatens to undermine the agency's ability to carry out its mission. GAO surveyed current and former SEC attorneys, accountants, and examiners to determine what factors influenced turnover, satisfaction, and morale among SEC staff. GAO found that inade...
Personnel Practices: Circumstances Surrounding U.S. Customs Service's Use of Schedule A Appointment Authority
GAO-01-1103: Published: Sep 13, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 16, 2001.
The Treasury Department, on behalf of the Customs Service, requested Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approval for Schedule A appointment authority for 10 positions for oversight policy and direction of sensitive law enforcement activities. Treasury's request stated that "due to the sensitive nature of the operations, these positions require a unique blend of special characteristics, skills an...
Personnel Practices: Monetary Awards Provided to Political Appointees
GAO-01-1081R: Published: Sep 14, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 16, 2001.
The federal government runs an incentive awards program, consisting of monetary and nonmonetary awards, to recognize individual employees or teams for outstanding contributions that enhance government operations. Congress has placed prohibitions on cash awards to political appointees. Overall, 32 of the 46 agencies reported that 297 political appointees received 373 monetary awards from September...
Federal Employees: Hiring Patterns at Federal Agencies Just Prior to a Change in Administration
GAO-01-1147R: Published: Sep 24, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 3, 2001.
GAO reviewed 24 agencies that are covered by the Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act of 1990 to analyze trends in hiring patterns. Generally, GAO did not find any discernable patterns. More than half of the 24 agencies GAO reviewed reported career hiring increases of 10 percent or more between July and December 2000 compared to the same period in 1999. A similar number of agencies, although not nec...
Federal Tort Claims Act: Coverage and Claims for Tribal Self-Determination Contracts at the Indian Health Service
GAO-01-1001T: Published: Jul 31, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2001.
The Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975 encourages tribes to participate in and manage programs that for years had been administered on their behalf by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of the Interior. The act authorizes tribes to take over the administration of such programs through contractual arrangements with the agencies that prev...
Human Capital: Taking Steps to Meet Current and Emerging Human Capital Challenges
GAO-01-965T: Published: Jul 17, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 2001.
This testimony discusses GAO's three-stage approach for addressing the federal government's human capital challenges. First, agencies must take all administrative steps available to them under current laws and regulations to manage their people for results. While much of what agencies need to accomplish these steps is already available to them, they will need the sustained commitment from top mana...
The Federal Workforce: Answers to Questions Related to the Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2001
GAO-01-844R: Published: Jun 26, 2001. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 2001.
This report responds to congressional questions about GAO's hearing on the Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2001. This report discusses the (1) importance of disciplining managers and employees who engage in discriminatory practices, (2) settlement process, and (3) U.S. Postal Service's antidiscrimination programs...