GGD-96-83R: Published: Mar 21, 1996. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 1996.

Additional Materials:


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed reductions-in-force (RIF) at the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), focusing on: (1) the procedures USGS followed in establishing single-position competitive levels for scientists within its Geological Division; and (2) the relationship between an OPM headquarters reorganization and a subsequent RIF affecting employees in parts of the newly structured organization. GAO found that: (1) in response to expected budget cuts, USGS conducted a nationwide RIF within its Geologic Division that resulted in 176 employee terminations, 124 employee grade reductions, and 115 employee reassignments; (2) in preparation, USGS established single-position competitive levels according to appropriate guidelines; (3) the single-position competitive levels determination process used by USGS included development and adoption of a revised competitive levels determination process, review of position descriptions, assignment of positions to competitive levels, and an independent review; (4) OPM reorganized its Administration Group in response to a task force's recommendations; (5) subsequently lost revenue due to the privatization of OPM's training and investigative functions prompted a RIF in the Administration Group; (6) despite the overlap in time, the Administration Group's reorganization and RIF were caused by separate circumstances.

Sep 25, 2020

Sep 23, 2020

Sep 10, 2020

Sep 8, 2020

Aug 31, 2020

Aug 27, 2020

Aug 19, 2020

Jul 9, 2020

Looking for more? Browse all our products here