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Washington, D.C.- The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) held a forum on the Senior Executive Service (SES) Performance-Based Pay System, leading a discussion and overview of the new SES certification and pay administration regulations.
OPM Director Kay Coles James said "The federal government relies on the talents and qualifications of a highly skilled SES corps. This forum offered agencies the foundational knowledge required to succeed in implementing a system which will recognize and reward our top leaders who are driving real results within government to service their fellow citizens and to protect the homeland and our national interests."
The half-day event featured an overview of the interim final regulations for obtaining certification of performance appraisal systems for members of the SES and employees in senior-level and scientific or professional positions. There also were discussions on the proposed regulations for setting and adjusting pay for SES members.
Last January, OPM issued interim regulations to establish the new performance-based SES pay system and prescribed the rules for conversion to the new SES open-range pay band. Senior executives no longer receive automatic, annual pay adjustments, rather, adjustments to pay now are based on the executive's individual performance and/or contribution to the employing agency's performance. OPM just issued regulations that establish the rules for the new pay-for-performance system for senior executives, as established by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004.
"OPM is prepared to align its resources with the agencies to successfully implement the SES performance-based pay system and introduce more performance sensitivity into the way senior executives are compensated," James said. "Getting reward systems aligned with other strategic human capital management objectives is key to achieving the President's Management Agenda."
In attendance were 348 experts from 75 agencies and sub-agencies at the OPM forum, hosted by OPM Associate Director Ron Sanders. Participants were invited to join in an open discussion of the "do's and don'ts" for requesting provisional or full certification of their senior employee performance appraisal systems. OPM officials also provided guidance on granting pay adjustments to SES members when OPM's final regulations on SES pay administration are issued later this year. Sanders, on behalf of Director James, thanked agencies for their assistance in helping develop the regulations.
List of Agencies and Sub-Agencies Below:
Argonne National Laboratory
Broadcasting Board of Governors
Central Contractor Registration
Central Intelligence Agency
Commodity Future Trading Commission
Congressional Research Service
Defense Contract Audit Agency
Department of Commerce
Department of Defense
Department of Education
Department of Energy
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Department of Justice
Department of Labor
Department of State
Department of the Interior
Department of the Navy
Department of Transportation
Department of Treasury
Department of Veterans Affairs
Division of Enterprise and Custom Applications
Environmental Protection Agency
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Executive Office of the President
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Federal Maritime Commission
Federal Trade Commission
General Services Administration
Government Accountability Office
Government Printing Office
Library of Congress
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Gallery of Art
National Labor Relation Board
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Science Foundation
National Security Agency
Occupation Safety Health Review Commission
Office of Management and Budget
Office of National Drug Control Policy
Office of Special Counsel
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Pension Benefit Guaranty Commission
Selective Service System
Small Business Administration
Social Security Administration
U.S. Agency for International Development
U.S. Air Force
U.S. Air Force 11TH WG
U.S. Army Material Command
U.S. Census Bureau
U.S. Coastal Guard
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. Library of Congress
U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. Peace Corps
U.S. Postal Service
U.S. Railroad Retirement Board
U.S. Secret Service
U.S. Trade Representative
Bureau of the Census (DOC)
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