The Agriculture Department is finalizing a new performance management system, which will move employees from a five-tier system to a “pass-fail” program. The new policy, which USDA plans to roll out Oct. 1, will allow supervisors to reward employees for specific mission accomplishments throughout the year, the agency said.
President Donald Trump has officially announced his intention to Congress to give civilian employees a 1% federal pay raise in 2021. His submission of an “alternative pay plan” comes months before the typical August deadline.
President Donald Trump’s proposed 1% across-the-board federal pay raise is an attempt to meet Congress “halfway” on the topic, as the administration also recommended more agency funding on employee performance rewards and bonuses.
The Arthur S. Flemming Award is administered by The George Washington University Trachtenburg School of Public Policy; the National Academy of Public Administration; and the Arthur S. Flemming Awards Commission.
The Trump administration is also planning to study the full scope of federal employees’ pay, benefits other opportunities for recognition, in effort to prove to Congress that the workforce would benefit from more flexible performance-based awards over across-the-board pay raises.
More than 81 percent of career members of the Senior Executive Service earned an award in 2016, compared to about 71 percent in fiscal 2015.
Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson wrote to Congress this week, asking that it begin work immediately to repeal cuts to the agency’s award and incentive spending. Congress cut VA’s performance bonus budget by about 20 percent next year to cover opioid-addiction treatment programs for veterans.
Agencies have gotten approval from the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management raise spending caps slightly on performance awards and bonuses for all non-Senior Executive Service employees in fiscal 2017. Agencies can now spend up to 1.5 percent of the aggregate salaries for those employees at the end of the fiscal year.
About 71 percent of senior executives received a performance bonus from their agencies in fiscal 2015, a slight bump over the roughly 68 percent who picked up an award in 2014. A new report from the Office of Personnel Management shows the average award totaled $10,746, nearly $200 more than 2014’s average.
As deadlines come and go, OPM answered some frequently asked questions about an executive order, signed in 2015, that mandated reforms to the Senior Executive Service.