An Evaluation of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act of 1970

FPCD-80-11: Published: Dec 19, 1979. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 1979.

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The Intergovernmental Personnel Act of 1970 is aimed at resolving problems at the State and local levels in many areas, from building personnel management systems where none existed, to promoting civil service reform. Several evaluations show that the grants have generally been successful, played a catalytic role in State and local government personnel management improvement, and have resulted in several cost savings. However, problems with State and local governments continue to require Federal assistance.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) needs to better identify these problems so that program administration can be improved . Grantees are not required to report cost savings on every project, and grants are limited, resulting in many projects not being funded and many local jurisdictions never using the funds. The overall extent to which these governments are improving their personnel management with or without other Federal assistance or through the sharing of results from other jurisdictions has not been determined. Several actions initiated or planned by OPM, if properly implemented, should help improve State and local personnel management. The Act's program must be broadened to fund government management improvement projects for State and local governments.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The Director of OPM should direct the Assistant Director of Intergovernmental Personnel Programs to: (1) improve the planning process for identifying State and local government personnel management problems; (2) require grantees to report cost savings resulting from projects supported by the Act; (3) reexamine its requirement for written agreements for cooperative recruiting and examining, and enforce it if necessary; (4) periodically assess the success in and barriers to State and local government personnel management improvement so that Federal responsibility to provide future financial and other assistance to eliminate these barriers can be identified; (5) determine the extent to which representatives of employee organizations are aware of and participate in labor management relations training supported by the Act; (6) provide more definitive guidance to Federal agencies for evaluating their mobility programs and reporting the results to OPM; (7) develop a systematic and comprehensive plan for evaluating the Act's effectiveness and impact; (8) enforce the requirement that the annual joint evaluation reports on intergovernmental recruiting and examining activities be submitted to OPM headquarters; (9) establish procedures for tracking costs for Federal participation in cooperative recruiting and examining and for training; and (10) establish procedures for summarizing this data and costs for Federal participation in the mobility program.

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