Data on disciplined feds no longer reported
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Aug 09, 2017
In an effort to protect the privacy of federal employees, the Office of Personnel and Management is no longer reporting whether employees are terminated for wrong doing or poor performance.
OPM’s FedScope tool — which provides statistical information about the federal civilian workforce — in previous years included specific notations about how an employee separated from the workforce, such as a transfer, death, etc. It also included notations for whether an employee was terminated or disciplined, as well as the age, rank, pay, and other characteristics.
However, Cato Institute policy analyst Alex Nowrasteh wrote in a recent blog post that he noticed the termination and discipline codes were missing from the 2016 separations data.
“When I contacted OPM in July, a public affairs official explained this hole in the agency’s otherwise orderly set of separations data as necessary to ‘protect information at the individual record level’ based on a 2007 memo that laid out federal guidelines for protecting the personally identifiable information of Americans,” Nowrasteh wrote.
Nowrasteh contends that the exclusion in the data will make more difficult to fire problem employees.
“[N]eglecting to report information on federal employees who are fired for serious reasons makes it impossible to reform the federal bureaucracy,” he concluded