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.
Federal employees don't think pay raises have anything to do with how well they perform their job tasks, a feeling that has been getting worse over the last three years, the 2013 Office of Personnel Management Viewpoint Survey says. Only 19 percent of federal employees say pay raises depend on how well employees perform their jobs. That number is down from 22 percent in 2012 and 24 percent in 2011, the survey says.
Only about 17 percent of the federal workforce teleworks with any regularity, the Office of Personnel Management 2013 Viewpoint Survey says. About 3 percent of the workforce teleworks three days a week or more and about 9 percent work remotely one or two days per week, the survey says. About 4 percent telework 1 or 2 days per month and 10 percent occasionally work remotely on an unscheduled basis.
The effects of October's 16 day shutdown continue to ripple through the government as the Merit Systems Protection Board faces a mountain of furlough appeals it still needs to adjudicate and hundreds of federal employees sue the government for damages from not receiving pay on time during the shutdown.
Federal worker satisfaction dropped for the third straight year, reaching its lowest point since 2008, the Office of Personnel Management 2013 Viewpoint Survey says. Only 59 percent of federal workers responded positively to questions about satisfaction with their job in the 2013 survey. That's down from 63 percent in 2012 and 66 percent in 2011.
The Office of Personnel Management reduced its retirement backlog by 20 percent between September and October, OPM statistics (.pdf) show. The agency processed 11,027 claims in October, but missed it...
The Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management issued joint guidance that establishes spending caps on federal employee bonuses, but doesn't ban them, regardless of whether sequestration continues. The guidance (.pdf) caps employee bonuses at no more than one percent of aggregate salary. Senior Executive Service member bonuses are capped at no more than five percent of aggregate salary. Budgetary limitations do not apply to political appointees. The OPM guidance from August 2010 cancelling all discretionary bonuses for political appointees continues to be in effect.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel directed the head of the National Guard to meet with nine states to resolve the issue of those states denying ID cards to same-sex spouses at National Guard facilities. Hagel announced the directive in an Oct. 31 speech at the Anti-Defamation League.
More than 8,000 federal employees and contractors approved for security clearances between 2012 owed back taxes totaling $85 million, a recently released Sept. 10 Government Accountability Office report says. The GAO says 8,400 federal workers and contractors with clearance owed back taxes and about half of them had not worked out a repayment plan with the Internal Revenue Service, the report says. Of those that owed back taxes, 4,700 were directly employed by the federal government and the rest were contractors.
The House passed two bills this week that would affect veterans' benefits including one that would seek to improve Veterans Affairs' handling of the backlog of disability claims. The first bill (H.R. 2189) passed the House 404-1 Oct. 28 and would establish within the VA a commission or task force to evaluate the backlog of veterans' disability claims, including the current process used to evaluate claims and appeals, the applicable laws and regulations and the appeals process, the bill says.