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Adverse Actions: The Rules and the Reality

This monograph contains six interrelated articles that describe the official rules for adverse actions and then use survey data to analyze how the adverse action system actually operates in practice. Topics covered include: (1) the new employee probationary period; (2) the new supervisor probationary period; (3) the standard of proof;…

Completed Research and Capstones

Due Process in Federal Civil Service Employment

This report explains the interaction between the U.S. Constitution and adverse personnel actions in a merit-based civil service. It discusses the current civil service laws for adverse actions and the history behind their formation. It also addresses why the Constitution requires that any system to remove a public employee for…

Completed Research and Capstones

Training & Development for the Senior Executive Service: A Necessary Investment

The Federal Government has approximately 7,000 career senior executives (members of the Senior Executive Service, or "SES") who provide day-to-day leadership and direction for major Federal programs and organizations. This report reviews current practices in training and development (T&D) for the career SES and finds that the “systematic development” envisioned…

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Federal workforce: Improved Supervision and Better Use of Probationary Periods are Needed to Address Substandard Employee Performance

Federal agencies' ability to address poor performance has been a long-standing issue. Employees and agency leaders share a perception that more needs to be done to address poor performance, as even a small number of poor performers can affect agencies' capacity to meet their missions. This report 91) describes and…

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Improving Federal Personnel Managment

The FY 2017 White House budget request highlighted the need to strengthen the federal workforce. GAO identified some best practices to do so.

Completed Research and Capstones

Managing the Government's Executive Talent

For the next administration, the management of the federal workforce will be a critical factor in the president’s success. To accelerate achievement of the president’s priorities and reduce the risk of operational failures campaign transition teams and the next White House must make the management of executive talent a priority.…

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Commentary: The Balancing Act: Addressing the Needs of Federal Managers and Researchers through the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey

The FEVS is increasingly used as a management tool to assist agencies in understanding the needs of their employee populations at all levels of the organization and in taking specific action to improve employee engagement and performance. If the overall purpose of conducting the survey were strictly to collect demographic,…

Completed Research and Capstones

Commentary: The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey: A Practitioner's View of Using the Data

The drive to improve the performance and accountability of federal agencies combined with the Obama Administration's commitment to data-driven personnel management, has elevated the importance of the Federal Employee View Point Survey (FEVS). The FEVS is now used as a diagnostic and management and accountability tool for agencies and their…

Completed Research and Capstones

Entry-level Federal Hiring: Building Research Collaborations between Agencies and Academics

This paper presents a brief landscape of entry level hiring in the federal government, and what is currently known about relevant data: what databases exist, what fields they include, what analysis has been done, and how the data have been shared). It also addresses potential opportunities for collaboration between agencies…

Completed Research and Capstones

The Merit System in Crisis

The merit principle is in crisis--and here's a video of Don Kettl's presentation at the Truman School of the University of Missouri. It's based on his recent article in GOVERNANCE.

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