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  • Uh oh
    Skippy
    BOHICA
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  • KMACYOYO! I RETIRED!
    The Original Joe S
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  • NSPS - Take Two!
    CSForest
    Here we go again ... NSPS was designed & implemented within the DoD at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars just a few years ago. It was implemented to address the ineffective GS pay scale. It was supposed to provide flexibilities that the GS system didn't, while also tying pay increases to performance measures. It had its flaws & opponents, especially outside DoD, which is why only DoD (and a few select others) actually implemented it. After only a couple years, though, it was dismantled, and all 226,000 or so employees were sent back to the original pay system we had been on before NSPS or an alternative pay system ... e.g., GS or "Alternative Pay System" (APS), to name a couple. And for those who don't know ... YES, there is already other pay systems out there besides GS. My command uses two: APS & STRL. So, here we go again ... NSPS Take Two!
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  • And before NSPS
    JR Samples
    Before NSPS there was the Merit Pay system which did away with the steps within a grade. That also failed and was dismantled.
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  • Let me get this straight
    Just me
    Congress is concerned because OPM is reporting that less than 24 percent of the workforce occurs in lower grades in the GS system? So, having required the federal government to OUTSOURCE those low paying positions (for the last thirty years or so), Congress is now troubled that the rest of the workforce is higher graded than the jobs that were being outsourced? Somehow this concern sounds (to me), very little, like a quest for "fairness" and more like a quest to drive employee compensation down (and federal employees out) at any cost.
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  • Also
    Sam B
    Congress passes (necessary) laws to reduce paperwork and automate previously paper-based processes, which also does away with a lot of the need for sub-GS-7 clerks and GS-2 support personnel to walk paper forms around. Perhaps the reason that less than 24% of the workforce is in those lower grades is because the other 86% of the workforce is constantly striving to make processes more efficient and less reliant on manual workflows.
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  • It is simple...
    RicknATL
    Good comments. It is simple math, but that apparently is beyond those in congress who continue to attack federal employees. They are bought and paid for by the special interests and should be ashamed of themselves (IMHO).
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  • The Circle Continues
    CSForest
    Good point "Just me"! You are correct ... all of our low paying jobs (secretary, admin, data entry) have been OUTSOURCED to contractors. Those of us remaining in the Government are primarily here to provide "oversight" and to develop the "statement of work" (and evaluate the proposals) needed to issue a contract for those lower paying jobs. Very little "real" work is done by the Government employee at the lower levels any longer, which is why we have really lousy "oversight" capabilities ... how else does one 'learn' their job well enough to provide "oversight" & write the contract specs/evaluate the proposals if not by doing the job in the first place? So, instead, we contract out the low paying jobs, then hire on the contractor when they become mid-level (if we're lucky) so there's someone who knows wht they're doing; ultimately, they then leave gov't because they 'top out' or 'retire' and come back as high paid senior 'consultants'. And the circle continues ....
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  • It needs to go
    RussMK
    Salaries should be market driven (which for about 87% of federal jobs means a pay cut of between 30-5o% to get to market) and ANY increase should be based on personal, group and agency performance. No steps, no colas Fair is fair the people who pay federal salaries live by those rules after all
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  • You need to go
    Latina
    Some people who pay federal salaries work for the federal government too. They pay taxes too.
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  • More than 85% of all...
    Liam Skye
    ...statistics are made up out of thin air and yours are a fine example. Thanks for sharing your incisive analysis.
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  • You really...
    RicknATL
    You really have no idea what you are talking about. Having worked both in the private industry and government. I chose to work for a lower salary/benefits in favor of an earlier retirement. By lower, I mean 20-25% lower than the private industry pays. The only area where there is even an hint of truth in your statements is for administrative positions. But those are the exception, not the rule.
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  • GS pay scales
    Minnie55
    You can be guaranteed that any time the govt wants to change something, it will NOT be to your benefit, so watch out folks!
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  • Just Like FERS! They couldn't understand why we didn't sign up for a BOHICA in droves.....
    The Original Joe S
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