Senior Executive Service:

Reasons Why Career Members Left in Fiscal Year 1985

GGD-87-106FS: Published: Aug 12, 1987. Publicly Released: Aug 12, 1987.

Additional Materials:

Contact:

Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800
youngc1@gao.gov

In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the characteristics of career members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) who left their positions in fiscal year (FY) 1985.

GAO found that: (1) the 615 career SES members who left SES in FY 1985 represented 9.9 percent of the average SES career membership during the year; (2) of the 469 former members who completed the questionnaire, 68.4 percent retired, 19.6 resigned, 7.5 percent stayed in government but accepted lesser positions, and 4.5 percent left under other circumstances; (3) while SES members noted a wide variety of reasons for leaving their positions, the most important were agency-specific or governmentwide and the least important were job-specific; (4) SES members who resigned were more than twice as likely to stress salary- and career-development concerns than those who retreated to lesser positions or those who retired; (5) SES members who left in FY 1985 were generally similar to those who remained employed in terms of educational level, years of federal executive service, and occupation; (6) a majority took another paid position after leaving SES; and (7) while a majority of SES members would not advise persons starting a career today to enter public service, SES members frequently commented that overall they enjoyed their careers.

Oct 10, 2018

Oct 9, 2018

Sep 5, 2018

Jul 16, 2018

May 9, 2018

Feb 8, 2018

Dec 21, 2017

Dec 7, 2017

Nov 20, 2017

Looking for more? Browse all our products here