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Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Office of Personnel Management Director Kay Coles James today reported four additions to the list of agencies with certified Senior Executive Service appraisal systems.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development, National Science Foundation, Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Patent and Trademark Office recently have received SES appraisal system certification.
"Consistent with the goals of President George W. Bush, agencies are continuing their diligent work to develop and submit appraisal systems that accurately measure and reflect the results for which their senior executives are accountable," said James. "The leadership teams at these four agencies are committed to performance and quality services for taxpayers."
To date, 34 federal agencies employing 5,092 senior executives and senior professionals have received provisional or full certification of their appraisal systems, opening the door for SES members at those agencies to receive higher salaries based on their performance. Certification also raises the aggregate pay and bonus level for senior professionals. Two agencies have earned full certification of their appraisal systems.
Said James: "More so today than in recent memory, we must assure the American public that the business of government is being conducted efficiently and the national security concerns of our citizens are being met by employees who are accountable for results."
OPM, with OMB concurrence, grants certification to agencies that have working appraisal systems in place and tracks records documenting their ability to make meaningful distinctions in the relative performance of Senior Executives and Senior Professionals against nine criteria in leadership, accountability and oversight.
Upon certification, either provisional or full, an agency can increase the
pay of its highest-performing senior executives to the rate for level II of the Executive Schedule, $162,100 in 2005. Without certification, an agency must cap executive pay at the rate of pay for Executive Level III, $149,200 in 2005.
Certification also raises the cap on the aggregate annual limit on pay and bonuses SES members and senior professionals can earn. Senior professionals represent another category of high-level federal employees.
Agencies that have received full certification of their SES performance-appraisal systems:
General Services Administration
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (SL/ST only)
Agencies that have received provisional certification of their SES performance-appraisal systems:
Department of Agriculture
Department of Commerce
Department of Energy
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Department of Housing and Urban Development (OIG)
Department of Interior
Department of Justice
Department of Labor
Department of State
Department of Transportation
Department of Treasury
Department of Veterans Affairs
Agency for International Development
Environmental Protection Agency
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Federal Trade Commission
Merit Systems Protection Board
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Endowment for the Arts
National Labor Relations Board
National Science Foundation
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Office of National Drug Control Policy
Office of Personnel Management
Patent and Trademark Office
Railroad Retirement Board
Small Business Administration
Small Business Administration (OIG)
Social Security Administration
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