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News Release

Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Contact: Brenda Bertrand
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM Hosts Forum on SES Performance-Based Pay System

348 HR experts from 75 agencies and sub-agencies trained

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 Special Counsel

Office of the Secretary of Defense

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Pension Benefit Guaranty Commission

Selective Service System

Small Business Administration

Smithsonian Institute

Social Security Administration

U.S. Agency for International Development

U.S. Air Force

U.S. Air Force 11TH WG

U.S. Army

U.S. Army Material Command

U.S. Census Bureau

U.S. Coastal Guard

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

U.S. Courts

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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