Review of the Senate Computer Center's Personnel Practices

FGMSD-80-33: Published: Feb 1, 1980. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 1980.

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Aspects of the Senate Computer Center's fiscal 1981 budget request and personnel operations were reviewed in an effort to improve the management of the facility and the resources allocated to it. Current and proposed statutory pay ceilings of the Senate Computer Center positions were compared to pay scales of computer personnel at four other Federal Government centers and with a comprehensive survey of private industry computer salaries.

Pay establishment at the Center is identical to that of other employees of the Sergeant at Arms and the Secretary of the Senate. Each position title and corresponding statutory limit, known as the not-to-exceed or NTE level, must be legislated. The pay and classification system currently operating is cumbersome and not adequately responsive to the Center's needs. This is evidenced by the large number of changes in the proposed budget. With regard to personnel management, additional factors should be considered when using salary comparisons. The position classification and personnel evaluation practices are inadequate, and career development plans are not adequately developed or documented.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Sergeant at Arms should: consider the comparisons GAO presented in evaluating proposed NTE level increases; propose revisions in the current pay and classification system to allow limited change, such as job titles and NTE levels, without congressional approval; direct Center management to develop and document proper career development plans including improved position classification and personnel evaluation practices; and propose the creation of a personnel specialist position at the Center or arrange for needed services through contract or detail of executive branch personnel.

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