Adherence to the Merit Principles in the Workplace: Federal Employees Views.
MERIT SYSTEMS PROTECTION BOARD WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF POLICY AND EVALUATION
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This report discusses the results of a study undertaken by the Board to focus on the degree to which executive branch departments and agencies are adhering to the requirements of the statutory merit systems principles. The Merit System Principles, which were articulated in statute in the 1978 Civil Service Reform Act, are a set of values for Federal public service that date back to the beginning of the merit-based civil service system in 1883. The principles address basic human resource management activities. These activities-- including selections, promotions, and actions to deal with performance problems--define the goals that all Federal managers are expected to strive for when managing their workforce. While some of these principles were added in later years such as protections for employees against reprisal for the disclosure of waste, fraud, and abuse in the civil service system, most of them have always been key to the operation of a merit-based system, and central to the ability of the U.S. Government to serve the public.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations