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House panel debates merits of Senior Exec Service, comes down hard on VA

In examining the viability of the Senior Executive Service, House members called out the Veterans Affairs' compensation program, with a pledge to introduce another piece of legislation to take back bonuses. The Senior Executives Association relayed concerns that talent is fleeing senior executive positions.

Tags: VA , Veterans Affairs , SES , SEA , Blake Farenthold , Stephen Lynch , Congress , House , pay and benefits ,

Friday - 07/11/2014, 02:08pm EDT

Bonuses: Attaboy or entitlement?

Does your agency hand out bonuses to the truly deserving, or are they handed out among the elite on an its-your-turn-rotation system? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Is your last bonus really going to to be your last?

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , VA

Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 02:00am EDT

OPM restarts awards program for senior executives

OPM will accept nominations for the 2014 Presidential Rank Awards through June 5, according to a memo to the heads of federal agencies from OPM Director Katherine Archuleta. Last year, the Obama administration canceled the awards program, which recognizes members of the Senior Executive Service for extraordinary service, citing tight budgets.

Tags: SES , Presidential Rank Awards , pay and benefits , SEA , Carol Bonosaro , Katherine Archuleta , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 01:40pm EDT

House passes bill banning SES bonuses at the VA

The House passed the GI Tuition Fairness Act of 2013 on Wednesday that includes an amendment to stop all bonuses for senior executives at the VA for five years. The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee says it will instill some much-needed accountability to the department.

Tags: House , Eric Shinseki , Veterans Affairs , SEA , SES , Jeff Miller , House Veterans Affairs Committee , GI Tuition Fairness Act , Sean McCalley

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 11:47am EDT

IRS to pay employee bonuses at lower percentage rate

The Internal Revenue Service and the National Treasury Employees Union reached an agreement that will see the IRS pay frontline employees performance awards starting in the spring. Acting IRS chief Danny Werfel canceled payouts of the awards last July, even though the union said the agency was obligated to pay them.

Tags: IRS , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , Danny Werfel , pay , Michael OConnell

Monday - 02/03/2014, 06:07pm EST

Counting on a bonus? Don't count too high!

If Charles Dickens had written about the government's bonus program he might have called his novel "Bleak House," or maybe "Not So Great Expectations," Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , workforce , pay and benefits , pay ,

Friday - 11/08/2013, 02:00am EST

OMB, OPM tell agencies to take different approach on employee bonuses

The Obama administration trying a different tack on federal-employee bonuses and awards in fiscal 2014. A new directive from the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management continues clear-cut spending caps on employee awards but won't outright ban them -- even if the across-the-board spending constraints, known as sequestration, continue.

Tags: workforce , management , pay and benefits , employee awards , OPM , OMB , SES , Jack Moore

Monday - 11/04/2013, 11:23am EST

GSA freezes hiring, suspends most SES bonuses

Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini said GSA has at least 15 different bonus structures and there are questions about the agency's award rates. He said 85 percent of all SES performance awards are on hold in through 2013. GSA also will not hire new employees until a top-to-bottom review of the agency's organization is completed.

Tags: management , workforce , Dan Tangherlini , GSA , SES , pay and benefits , hiring freeze , IAC/ACT , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 07/17/2012, 05:29pm EDT
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