A 2-Year Appraisal of Merit Pay in Three Agencies.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC GENERAL GOVERNMENT DIV
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The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 requires agencies to establish a merit pay system for management officials and supervisors in graded 13 through 15. GAOs review of the 1981 and 1982 merit pay cycles in three agencies employing about 25 percent of the total federal merit pay population found several areas requiring management attention. A number of factors other than employee performance have influenced the amount of merit pay employees received. Although performance standards were better in 1982 than in 1981, both the standards and the procedures used to establish them need to be improved. OPM efforts to evaluate agencies merit pay programs have been limited in scope, but recent initiatives to strengthen these efforts are a step in the right direction. Employee perceptions of the merit pay program were low.
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