Labor force (61 - 70 of 109 items)
Acquisition Workforce: Status of Agency Efforts to Address Future Needs
GAO-03-55: Published: Dec 18, 2002. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 2003.
The federal government is dramatically changing the way it purchases goods and services--by relying more on judgment and initiative versus rigid rules to make purchasing decisions. At the same time, agencies are dealing with reductions in the civilian acquisition workforce. GAO was asked to determine what efforts federal civilian agencies are making to address their future acquisition workforce ne...
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...
NASA Management Challenges: Human Capital and Other Critical Areas Need to be Addressed
GAO-02-945T: Published: Jul 18, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 2002.
This testimony discusses management challenges and program risks that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) faces in maintaining a skilled workforce, controlling costs, and providing effective oversight for important projects. NASA is taking on a major transformation aimed at eliminating stovepipes; becoming more integrated and results oriented; and reducing risks while working...
State Department: Staffing Shortfalls and Ineffective Assignment System Compromise Diplomatic Readiness at Hardship Posts
GAO-02-626: Published: Jun 18, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 2002.
Foreign service employees often experience difficult environmental and living conditions while assigned to U.S. embassies and consulates that are designated as "hardship posts." These conditions include inadequate medical facilities, few opportunities for spousal employment, poor schools, high levels of crime, and severe climate. Because the State Department is understaffed, both in terms of the n...
Acquisition Workforce: Department of Defense's Plans to Address Workforce Size and Structure Challenges
GAO-02-630: Published: Apr 26, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2002.
The Department of Defense (DOD) downsized its acquisition workforce by half in the past decade. It now faces serious imbalances in the skills and experience of its remaining workforce and the potential loss of highly specialized knowledge if many of its acquisition specialists retire. DOD created the Acquisition 2005 Task Force to study its civilian acquisition workforce and develop a strategy to...
Human Capital: Major Human Capital Challenges at SEC and Key Trade Agencies
GAO-02-662T: Published: Apr 23, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 2002.
In addition to protecting investors and the integrity of the securities market, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), along with the Department of Commerce, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), and the Department of Agriculture, monitors and enforces the nation's trade agreements. Markets have become more complex, global, and technology-driven. At the same time SEC's workloa...
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...
Health Care: Adequacy of Pharmacy, Laboratory, and Radiology Workforce Supply Difficult to Determine
GAO-02-137R: Published: Oct 10, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 2001.
Concerns have been growing about the supply of health care workers and the future needs of an aging population. Shortages of nurses and nurse aides, the two largest categories of health care workers, are of particular concern. Although the number of pharmacists has grown during the past decade, the increasing demand for pharmacy services is outpacing the growth in supply, according to the Departm...
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...
Human Capital: Implementing an Effective Workforce Strategy Would Help EPA to Achieve Its Strategic Goals
GAO-01-812: Published: Jul 31, 2001. Publicly Released: Aug 16, 2001.
During the last decade, as most federal agencies downsized, the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) workforce grew by about 18 percent. Much of this growth occurred in EPA's 10 regional offices, which carry out most of the agency's efforts to encourage industry compliance with environmental regulations. Currently, EPA's workforce of 17,000 individuals includes scientists, engineers, lawyers, e...