Federal Manager's Daily Report

The GAO has urged the Biden administration and the new Congress to focus on its priority recommendations for agencies, including more than a dozen directly related to federal personnel practices.

“These recommendations are important because implementing them can save large amounts of money, help Congress make decisions on major issues, and substantially improve or transform major government programs or agencies,” GAO said in a blog post.

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It said that currently there are 4,899 open recommendations, of which 459 are deemed high priority in government-wide areas including workforce planning; addressing employee misconduct; use of incentives and other special pay authorities; and skills gaps.

Among topics with outstanding high priority recommendations pertaining only to OPM are retirement application processing times; guidance on performance management; data used to support workforce analytics; management and oversight of special hiring authorities and of job classification; and OPM’s information security.

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