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An Office of Personnel Management study of Federal awards programs provides useful information about how well these programs are administered and how they are perceived by employees. It also includes recommendations for improvement. The study summarizes the results of a 2-year review of awards programs in 15 Federal agencies.
The study surfaced many positive findings about awards programs, including:
But some shortcomings emerged as well:
Although the study found mixed employee opinions about awards programs, it also found notable agreement on what employees do like, such as:
This study recommends strategies for improving awards programs:
Good lessons are available in this study for anyone managing awards programs. In order to improve these programs, the study encourages agencies to more systematically monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of awards programs and policies.
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