First Look at Senior Executive Service Performance Awards/MSPB

FPCD-80-87: Published: Sep 19, 1980. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 1980.

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GAO reviewed the Senior Executive Service bonus payments at the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).

GAO concluded that the performance awards were within the requirements of the Civil Service Reform Act, as well as the Office of Personnel Management guidance. However, it was found that MSPB experienced some procedural difficulties in administering the awards. GAO noted that performance objectives for the MSPB executives were not formulated until November and December of 1979 even though the performance appraisal period for which bonuses were awarded was from March 1979 to March 1980. Thus, performance objectives were written nearly three-fourths of the way through the performance period. The Performance Review Board's action to review performance objectives at the beginning of the appraisal period will overcome the start-up difficulty.

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