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  • Within Grade Raises
    Bud
    Before the mid 1990s,we had the GS system and in grades(Wigs),Then personnel(HR)"geniuses"at various agencies implemented pay banding and the managerial GM concept in lieu of GS-13/14/15 managers.DOD then went to NPS.The results were chaotic.Even though the GS system had flaws,at least we had some reasonable comparison between agency pay structures.The SES HR idiot who did this at our agency left after 2 years for OPM and brought his chaos with him there.We were left with GS people who were pay banded from step 1 to step 10 in 3 years and then complained about not getting Wigs.We had former GS15 managers paid less than their subordinate managers who used to be Gs-13 and 14s.Why?Because the former GS13/14s had more time in the GM pool.My point with all this is Congress can now tinker with Wigs and will probably stop them for a year or more.But our HR innovators created this opening by constant tinkering with the GS system.
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  • Keep It Up
    Jesse
    These young republicans will have another thing coming at election time. Let's make sure that Roby and her confederates aren't re-elected. I don't know how many congressional terms she has served but I hope she never has the opportunity to serve three terms and be eligible for a lifetime pension. What hypocrits.
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  • Rep. Martha Roby is a 1st Term 'freshman'
    FERS Fed
    In the 2010 elections, she beat her Democrat opponent in Alabama's 2nd District by about 4,800 votes (2.2%) out of almost 218,000 votes cast. It seems like if sufficient numbers of feds made $10, $20, $50 campaign contributions to whoever she runs against this year, it might make a difference in the outcome, and maybe we could send this Tea Party fool back to 'bama.
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  • Interesting Stats
    G Street
    Always suspected that these things were automatic for everyone... Everything else being equal, I'm not sure why anyone would then ever seek a promotion -- as your pay will only bump up slightly (with no future bump ups) while your responsibilities increase... (In Congress, you start out at the top - close to $200 grand a year? - so any *future* increases are irrelevant.)
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  • Promotions
    Moderate
    Assuming that WIGS continue look at the top level of each grade. There is a substantial difference at each grade level. Also, if you stay at the same grade, your WIGS slow down and then stop. if you get a promotion then your WIGS speed up again before slowing down. This is why promotions are good if WIGS continue. Anyway, if WIGS stop, then promotions will probably stop (my opinion).
    worker
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  • Why should I work hard?
    rpoirier
    I've gotten the highest possible rating for the past 3 years. I didn't get any bonus or January pay increase etc. for the past 2 years. And now I am probably not even going to get my WIG this year. Nope, I've made the same pay as the lazy idiot who was rated poorly. And my cost of living keeps going up as the insurance premiums, taxes, transit costs and eveyrthing else rises. So why should I work hard? Good performers aren't rewarded and poor performers aren't fired. So I plan this year to do as little as possible since it obviously doesn't matter how hard I work with no reward. Most of what I do is in vain anyway because Congress and OMB keep changing the rules causing feds to have to re-invent the wheel every 4 to 8 years. What a circus. Good job Congress! You have effectively created the disengaged Fed.
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  • Careful
    Moderate
    Don't go below a 3 in any critical element. That could start you being fired. I have seen it happen a few times over the last few years.
    worker
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  • In The Real World...
    X-taxman
    ...marginal or unsuccessful ratings (2 or 1) in any CJE is as rare as someone not getting a WIG due to poor performance. It very rarely happens because of all the extra work that it causes for already over-worked managers (the PIP, the counselling sessions, extra documenatation, etc). And most managers know that, even if they do take on such a task, in the end they will not be supported by upper management because they just don't want to deal with the Union. HOWEVER, rpoirier, assuming you got highest possible ratings because you truly deserve them, then I doubt your work ethic will allow you to "do as little as possible". I fully agree, it's not right and it's not fair. And no one seems to care. But at least you have a job!
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  • Tired of Trying
    rpoirier
    My managers think I'm doing a great job. I was put in twice for bonuses because I've out performed most of my coworkers and both times rejected because of budget cuts. So I ended up getting the same, if not less, than the non-performers. My last manager left our division and encouraged me to find a job elsewhere. I applied for a promotion in another division and I was told I didn't meet the minimum qualifications, even though I have 10 years experience (3 of which was in that same division) and a CPA (of course federal government doesn't care about credentials). When I told the manager in that division that my resume didn't make it to his desk, he was very upset and told me to challenge HR. But why do I want to go to all that trouble just to force someone to give me a mediocre job? I'm tired of trying.
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  • You are X taxman
    Moderate
    Therefore, I assume you are retired. Failing people may not be as rare as you think. Three people were forced out of my group (10-15 workers in a group) over the past 5-8 years. Another manager is famous for getting rid of new workers. There should not be so many ones or two's because that would be a bad reflection on the hiring skills of the agencies.
    worker
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