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Procurement Office Explains Shift to Category Management The Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative was established to provide analysis and access to a full array of purchase and pricing data, qualified suppliers, acquisition vehicles and expanded services, but a “category management" approach could further optimize the acquisition [...]
Says Common Acquisition Platform Key to Buying Better FAS is also developing a common acquisition platform to improve the quality of the digital services agencies use for acquisition and to help realize the benefits of category management by guiding buyers through the acquisition process start to [...]
IG Says USPS Managing Growth in Package Business Well, Cites Opportunities USPS Customer Service Operations has successfully managed periods of package growth, employee work-hours, and scan rates at delivery units, the Postal IG has found. It said however that opportunities exist to enhance readiness by improving acceptance scan rates, [...]
New Financial Disclosure Filing System Under Development The Office of Government Ethics has started testing of a new electronic system through which federal employees subject to filing financial disclosure reports will make those submissions. The project was started by the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge [...]
OSC Files Complaints Against CPB Officials in Hiring Probe The Office of Special Counsel has filed complaints against three Customs and Border Protection career officials alleging they rigged the hiring process in favor of candidates preferred by Alan Bersin, who was commissioner at the time. (OSC does [...]
First Complaints Against Management for Political Discrimination in 30 Years OSC said the disciplinary actions taken are the first complaints against management officials in over 30 years. It said that when Bersin found out he had been selected as CBP commissioner he set out to hire three members of [...]
OPM Releases Strategy on Gender Pay Equality OPM has released its Government-wide Strategy on Advancing Pay Equality in the Federal Government, based on agency reviews of their pay and promotion policies and practices and an analysis of federal civilian workforce salary and other data. OPM [...]
DHS Nominees Confirmed The Senate has confirmed the former chief security officer at General Electric as the new undersecretary for intelligence and analysis at DHS. Francis Taylor previously served as the assistant secretary of State for diplomatic security and director of [...]
Security Clearance Reform Bill Gets Push Sponsors of a bill to overhaul many of the practices for issuing and renewing security clearances for federal employees have asked the Senate committee handling the bill to move it forward promptly. The measure has been in the [...]
Public Service Recognition Week Coming Up Public Service Recognition Week will be May 4-10, an annual event recognizing the contributions of government work at the federal, state and local levels. "Given the continued negative stories about government employees in the media, this week has [...]
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Report: Twelve Deadly Sins Managers Should Avoid

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Occasionally, supervisors and managers, well, “step into it,” and find trouble – sometimes big trouble that defies simple solutions. A very few get fired. But most who wander into the path of a disciplinary bus just wind up involved in months, and sometimes years, of bitter personnel battles. You can skirt these problems easily by avoiding a dozen “deadly sins.” (Remember, there is nothing “common” about “common sense.”)

There always will be tension between those in charge and those supervised by them. One of my favorite sayings when I talk to federal employee groups is: “I’ve never met a federal employee I didn’t like. (long pause) But I’ll bet you have!” Invariably, that results in knowing nods and nervous laughter.

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Report: Federal Pay & Benefits "101"

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The general schedule salary system for white-collar federal employees is what is generally referred to the “civil service” pay system even though it covers only above half of the workforce. The wage system for blue-collar employees is the next largest while numerous other salary systems make up the rest.

The GS system is divided into 15 grades, each of which has 10 steps that are about 3 percent apart. Entry-level hiring into a grade normally is done at step 1 of a grade, although various personnel flexibilities allow hiring at different steps. The grade level of an initial hire depends largely on the occupation, as does the career progression up through the grades. Managerial employees typically are in the GS-13 through -15 levels, although employees in many other occupations can reach those levels, as well.

The federal wage system—sometimes called the wage grade or prevailing rate system—covers federal employees paid by the hour. The aim is to make pay for federal trade, craft, and laboring employees comparable to that of private sector employees doing similar work. The typical wage schedules consist of 15 grades, covering most nonsupervisory employees. Schedules for supervisors and leaders are based on the nonsupervisory schedules, but are separate from them. In each pay grade, there are five step rates, each 4 percent apart.

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