Hiring policies (21 - 30 of 71 items)
Human Capital: Effective Use of Flexibilities Can Assist Agencies in Managing Their Workforces
GAO-03-2: Published: Dec 6, 2002. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 2002.
An essential element to acquiring, developing, and retaining high-quality federal employees is agencies' effective use of human capital flexibilities. These flexibilities represent the policies and practices that an agency has the authority to implement in managing its workforce. Congressional requesters asked GAO to provide information on agency and union officials' views about the most effective...
Personnel Practices: Career and Other Appointments of Former Political Appointees, October 1998-April 2001
GAO-02-326: Published: Feb 26, 2002. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 2002.
Political appointees in the federal government sometimes seek appointments to career positions, which do not end with an administration. Although merit system principles require that selections be determined solely on the basis of merit after fair and open competition, questions have been raised about whether some individuals have received political favoritism or an unfair advantage, even the appe...
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...
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...
Career Appointments of Political Appointees
GGD-99-182R: Published: Sep 29, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO clarified when it is appropriate for a political appointee to receive a career position in the federal government.GAO noted that: (1) according to the applicable law and regulations, provided that proper merit system procedures are followed, it is permissible for a political appointee to receive a career appointment; (2) in fact, regardless of whether or no...
Small Business Administration: Review of Selected Personnel Practices
GGD-99-68: Published: Apr 23, 1999. Publicly Released: May 21, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed events related to personnel reassignments, appointments, and activities at the Small Business Administration (SBA).GAO noted that: (1) SBA made hundreds of appointments during the 1990s using competitive procedures for career appointments, special noncompetitive hiring authority for the Office of Advocacy, and political appointment procedures for o...
Federal Downsizing: Controls Needed to Ensure Compliance With Buyout Repayment Provisions
GGD-98-12: Published: Jan 26, 1998. Publicly Released: Feb 10, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether: (1) the 23 buyout recipients returned to federal employment and, if so, whether they repaid the buyout or met the Department of Defense (DOD) reemployment policy; and (2) the 9 agencies that were identified as employing these 23 buyout recipients and other selected agencies, which may have buyout recipients under contract, had internal pro...
Personnel Practices: Career Appointments of Former Political and Congressional Employees
GGD-97-165: Published: Sep 2, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the appointments of 36 former political appointees and legislative branch employees to positions in the executive branch between January 1996 and March 1997, focusing on whether: (1) appropriate authorities were used and proper procedures were followed in appointing former political appointees and legislative branch employees; and (2...
Hispanic Employment: Best Practices Used by Selected Agencies and Companies
GGD-97-46R: Published: Mar 10, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 1997.
GAO provided information on the experiences of 37 federal units and 3 private sector companies in recruiting, hiring, and retaining Hispanic employees, including what significant barriers the organizations overcame in seeking to increase their Hispanic representation.GAO noted that: (1) the employment practices that were reported by the federal units and private sector companies GAO surveyed essen...
Federal Management and Workforce Issues Issue Area: Active Assignments
AA-96-9(2): Published: Apr 6, 1996. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 1996.
GAO provided information on its active assignments in the Federal Management and Workforce Issues issue area as of April 6, 1996...