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I’ll be appearing on the TV show Capital Insider this evening to discuss the government’s inability to hold poor performers accountable. As we reported last week, only 737 out of more than 1.2 million General Schedule employees had their step increases and accompanying pay raises withheld for reasons of poor performance.

Critics of the GS system say this is a clear sign that the government has a hard time disciplining people who can’t or won’t improve, and think the system needs a radical overhaul.

And I’m still interested in hearing from managers about this issue. If you’d like to share your thoughts on what is wrong with the government’s performance accountability culture, e-mail me at slosey@federaltimes.com.

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  1. Larry Steinmetz Says:
    March 30th, 2011 at 7:15 am

    I’m retired Coast Guard with 32 years of active duty service. I have worked as a civilian for the Coast Guard at CG Hdqtrs since my retirement in 2008.

    I won’t be the first or last to say this…I think most supervisors believe they are powerless to discipline an individual and certainly to withhold a step increase (pay raise). So much of their time would be tied up with justifying the move, meeting with union reps, etc. that most believe it isn’t worth it. I believe that most would like to do the right thing but they are convinced that the system is stacked against them so they just concentrate on getting their department’s work done with those that DO perform.

    Most upsetting though is the fact that a lot of these people show their true colors the first year of employment; a time when it is much easier to get rid of non-performers. And yet, supervisors drop the ball and let these non-performers skate through their probation periods without any consequences for their poor performance.

    Finally…unions? Really? I find it incredulous that a federal employee needs a union. I won’t get into the politics of it but I will say that the union reps stick their nose in to every single aspect of a worker’s job whether it is a reprogramming of their position during a reorganization or if they are being moved from one cubicle to another. It is a layer of nonsense that is added on top of an already burdensome bureaucracy.