Human Resource Management:

Status of Agency Practices for Improving Federal Productivity

GGD-87-61FS: Published: Jun 16, 1987. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 1987.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on innovative human resource management practices in federal agencies.

GAO surveyed 71 federal organizations that employed about 92 percent of the executive branch civilian work force and found that: (1) agencies reported that they used a wide variety of human resource management practices; (2) agencies introduced about one third of their practices within the last 5 years; (3) planned innovations included automated job skill selection, streamlined personnel administration, use of comprehensive personnel administrative indicators, and strategic human resource planning; and (4) agencies felt that a number of practices significantly contributed to their operations, including organization assessment, strategic human resource planning, automated personnel information systems, and employee suggestion systems.

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