Coming up on the 40th anniversary of the law underlying federal employment–the 1978 Civil Service Reform Act–it is time to “undertake a comprehensive review of the civil service system,” according to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The panel’s plan for the next two years says that “modernizing the civil service system is critical to better serving the federal workforce and the American taxpayers it serves. The hiring process must be competitive, merit based, technology-based, and conducted in a cost-effective manner. In addition, a review of the general schedule and occupational families and job series should be conducted to determine whether and how it can be improved and overhauled to better entice talented youth into the government and reward high performers.” Also, the committee plans to examine the retirement system, skills gaps, accountability and removal processes, labor-management, the Senior Executive Service, employee morale issues and disciplinary policies.
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