Merit-based pay reduces employee satisfaction at federal agencies, because limited government funds make for a small number of pay raises, finds a Nov. 26 paper published by the Brookings Institution. Experiments with merit-based pay quickly revealed problems, the paper says, including inadequate funding, inaccurate performance appraisals and reports of perceived unfairness.
Transit benefits for federal employees are set to drop from a maximum of $245 per month down to $130 by the end of the year if Congress doesn't act to keep it at the current rate, a Washington...
Heavier than ususal premature withdrawls from the Thrift Savings Plan by government employees during the October government shutdown now has the TSP board revewing the possibility of of automatically re-enrolling workers at the end of the six month lockout period.
A regulation jointly proposed by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Office of Personnel Management to update the position-designation process is inadequate, said a Government Accountability Office official. The proposed regulation is "a good step" toward meeting GAOs recommendations for updating security clearance issuance at agencies, said Brenda Farrell, director of defense capabilities and management at GAO. However, implementation guidance still needs to be developed.
A Nov. 18 statement of administration policy (.pdf) asks the Senate not to make changes to the security clearance process until the Office of Management and Budget completes its ongoing review. OMB's findings may lead to recommendations that conflict with the Senate Armed Services Committee's proposal.
Federal workers and veterans benefits are set for a variety of cuts under several possible plans to reduce the deficit, a Nov. 13 Congressional Budget Analysis report shows. The CBO report (.pdf) says feds could be impacted by a range of cuts including reduced pensions and cost of living raises, stricter requirements for veteran disability benefits and capped pay increases for the military.
The Office of Personnel Management issued guidelines Nov. 15 to help agencies recruit workers from national service programs such as the FEMA Corps and AmeriCorps. The guidance builds on a July 19 White House directive to create task force to set discover ways agencies can work together to expand national service. The administration memo also directed OPM to issue guidance to agencies on developing recruitment strategies for national service.
A new bill introduced by three Republican senators would end the defined pension portion of the Federal Employee Retirement Systems for feds hired after the bill's passage. The sponsors say the bill (.pdf) would change federal retirement benefits to more closely resemble those in the private sector.
Staffing problems, poor oversight of nursing staff and a push to expedite the prescription of pain medications without full patient evaluation, allowed staff at the G.V. Sonny Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. to illegally dispense narcotics, said a former doctor who worked at the facility.
A pilot program used to measure employee and agency performance isn't ready to implemented governmentwide because the Office of Personnel Management and the Chief Human Capital Officers Council haven't updated the program with lessons learned in the pilot phase or defined their roles in implementation, a recently released Sept. 12 Government Accountability Office report says.