performance awards

  • SES bonuses coming under scrutiny once again

    Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) wants information from Office of Personnel Management acting Director Beth Cobert about SES members getting multiple performance bonuses in the same fiscal year.

  • What’s missing in the new SES executive order

    Leaders within the federal manager community offered a mixed bag of reactions to President Obama’s new executive order on Service Executive Service reform. Higher performance bonuses largely went over well, but others had more questions over the timeline and implementation of the initiatives.

  • Higher SES bonus limits, onboarding initiatives highlights of executive order

    The White House introduced new steps to attract, develop and retain current and future members of the Senior Executive Service. President Obama signed an executive order Dec. 15, which gives agencies four major tasks for implementing SES reform.

  • Top federal executives made $187,094 on average last year

    Salaries barely changed from fiscal 2013. But 12.2 percent more SES members received performance awards.

  • GAO: Ratings inflation, shrinking performance awards trouble SES system

    What’s the difference between an amazing senior executive and a pretty good one? Not much, says the Government Accountability Office after reviewing agencies’ pay-for-performance compensation systems.

  • Brainstorming Senior Executive Service reform

    Debra Roth will host a roundtable discussion of Senior Executive Service reform. July 25, 2014

  • Bob Tobias, American University

    A new performance award strategy could rise from the ashes of a now-defunct pay system at the Defense Department. DoD tried to replace the General Schedule system with a National Security Personnel System back in the mid-2000s, but the White House repealed it two years ago. Bob Tobias is Director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He was part of a Task Force that tried to improve the system back in 2009. He said one bright spot in the system could be the key to building a new performance culture across the federal government on In Depth with Francis Rose.

  • SEA decries DoD plan to reduce SES bonuses

    The Senior Executives Association sent a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Dec. 5 criticizing recently released guidance that reduced pay pool amounts for the Fiscal Year 2013 performance awards for members of the Senior Executives Service.

  • OMB offers updated guidance to agencies facing sequestration cuts

    The Office of Management and Budget has directed agencies to take full advantage of the funding flexibilities they have under law as they implement across-the-board sequestration cuts, that went into effect March 1. In an April 4 memo, OMB Controller Danny Werfel also directed agency and department leaders to be mindful of certain types of performance awards and to work with agency inspectors general before making cuts to IG offices.

  • Legislative and policy update: Senior Executives Association

    Senior Executives Association President Carol Bonosaro joins host Bill Bransford to discuss some of the challenges facing senior executives in the federal government. March 22, 2013