Obama Wants Pay For Performance For All Federal Employees
Performance pay for all feds
By STEPHEN LOSEY
June 01, 2009
The Obama administration wants to institute a pay-for-performance system for all federal employees, the new Office of Personnel Management director said May 27.
?The president has made it clear to me that there will be no overall reform unless pay for performance is part of the deal,? John Berry told reporters. ?He?s made it clear that it?s worth a try, and he?s willing to spend political capital to do it.?
The current federal pay system is ?straining and ... balkanized to the point that it risks failure,? Berry said, and must be replaced with a governmentwide system that takes employees? performance into account when compensating them. Critics of the government?s main pay system, the 60-year-old General Schedule, say its regular step and grade increases only reward longevity and do not recognize employees? performance.