Just 737 out of more than 1.2 million General Schedule employees were denied their step increases and accompanying raises for poor performance in 2009, as Federal Times’ exclusive investigation found. Senior writer Stephen Losey talked on Monday with Capital Insider’s Morris Jones about what this shows about the government’s performance management problems:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Listen to Federal Times’ Steve Watkins and Steve Losey on this morning’s episode of “Your Turn With Mike Causey” here.
Want the latest news regarding the possible government shutdown, and how it’s going to affect you? Beginning tomorrow, Washington area viewers can tune in to WUSA Channel 9 every weeknight at 7 p.m. to see Federal Times’ editors and reporters talking about what could be the first major government shutdown in 15 years.
Editor Steve Watkins, senior writers Stephen Losey and Sean Reilly, and our other reporters will deliver daily updates on budget negotiations that could prevent or end a shutdown, which government operations will keep running or close up shop, and what it means for the public and government workers. We’ll keep making these daily appearances until Congress strikes a budget deal that will allow federal agencies to continue operating.
Our appearances on WUSA are in addition to our weekly guest spots on Federal News Radio, and Losey’s monthly appearances on News Channel 8′s Capital Insider. Speaking of which, Watkins and Losey will be appearing on “Your Turn With Mike Causey” tomorrow morning at 10 to discuss the shutdown and other issues affecting the federal workforce. Tune in to Federal News Radio at 1500 AM or listen to the podcast at www.federalnewsradio.com, and call in to let us know what’s on your mind.
Here is my interview with Capital Insider’s Morris Jones on deficit reduction proposals targeting federal employees. This aired Friday evening on TBD Channel 8 in the Washington area, and I will be back next month to talk more about the important issues facing feds.
If you’re in the Washington area, tune into Capital Insider this evening at 8 p.m. to see me interviewed about my story “The anti-feds,” and the Republican push to balance the budget in part by targeting federal jobs and salaries.
Capital Insider is on TBD channel 8.
The good people at Federal News Radio have just posted Federal Times’ debut interview online. You can read a summary of Mike Causey’s conversation with Federal Times Editor Steve Watkins, Senior Staff Writer Stephen Losey, and Times News Service Pentagon reporter Andrew Tilghman here, and an MP3 of the show can be found here. We touched on a wide variety of topics, such as the possibility of a federal shutdown and furlough, Defense Department cuts and the future of Tricare, federal security in the wake of the Tucson shooting, and what deficit reduction efforts are likely to mean for feds.
We’ll be appearing once a week with Mike from here on in, every Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. Tune in to Federal News Radio at 1500 AM, or listen online at www.federalnewsradio.com.
Federal Times is proud to announce a new partnership with Federal News Radio. Beginning tomorrow morning, our reporters and editors will appear on “Your Turn With Mike Causey,” every Wednesday at 10 a.m. to discuss the news of the day.
If you’re in the Washington area, tune in to 1500 AM tomorrow morning to hear an interview with Federal Times Editor Steve Watkins, Senior Staff Writer Stephen Losey, and Andrew Tilghman, the Pentagon reporter for Times News Service. You can also listen to a podcast at www.federalnewsradio.com. We’ll be discussing the tragic shooting in Tucson, the federal pay freeze, the possibility of a government shutdown, what deficit reduction proposals mean for feds, and other important issues.
The House Appropriations Committee late last night posted the bill that would fund government operations for the rest of 2011, which includes language freezing raises for federal employees in 2011 and 2012. No real surprises as far as I can see, but if you want to look it over, it’s on pages 10 through 12.
I’ll be appearing on the TV show Capital Insider this evening to discuss our cover story from this week, “Federal pay freeze plan wouldn’t stop raises.” Federal Times exclusive analysis found that because General Schedule step increases will still be handed out under President Obama’s pay freeze plan, about 1.1 million feds will still get $2.5 billion in raises in 2011 and 2012.
Capital Insider airs at 8 p.m. in the Washington area on TBD TV, which is cable channel 8. If you miss it, we’ll post the video from the interview tomorrow morning.
This story has gotten a bit of attention over the last 24 hours or so. The Drudge Report posted a link to it last evening, and Fox News cited our findings in their story on the pay freeze. It inspired another classic New York Post headline: “1M feds tell O: Freeze thi$.” And Examiner columnist Mark Hemingway — husband of former Fed Times reporter Mollie Hemingway — blogged about our story here.