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Agencies encouraged to review, update employee awards plans

The Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management have released new guidance on how agencies should reward high performing employees.

Currently, most awards are tied to rating-based performance awards, but the agencies are asking federal leaders to “reexamine, and adjust… the balance between rating-based awards and individual contribution awards (e.g., special act awards).” The agencies want rating-based awards to be allocated in what they call “a manner that provides meaningful distinctions in performance. “

Agencies are also encouraged to review and update their Agency Workforce Fund Plans to “set forth a comprehensive strategy to develop and foster a culture of recognition, including formal and informal recognition.”

Review plans must include setting a specific dollar amount for rewards spending for the next fiscal year, align strategic goals and support organizational values (e.g., innovation, integrity, teamwork); address how the agency will strategically spend its determined amount in FY 2020 and subsequent years consistent with its broader recognition plan; and ensure use of an evidence-based approach to support issuing awards and the amount, among other tasks. 

“Agencies should ensure only employees who have demonstrated the highest levels of individual performance receive the highest annual ratings of record and the highest performance awards,” the memo states.

All plans must be approved by the agency’s President’s Management Council representative and the agency’s Chief Human Capital Officer for CFO Act Agencies, and be submitted to OMB with their FY 2021 budget submission. 

Reader comments

Tue, Jul 23, 2019

A plan to derail individuals who perform above expectations. Thank the Clinton/Gore, Bush/Chaney, Obama/Biden and this administration for gutting civil service, hiring crooked inept management minions ad cheats. Make America great again get rid of management bloat. These individuals hamper productivity and it has been shown on the National Performance Review that the political minions at OPM ignore year after year. Maybe a performance review should be conducted on the congress and senate with the ultimate goal of firing non-performers. Those on the top of the list would be Cortez, Pelosi, Schumer, McConnel and 85% of the rest do nothing bloats.

Fri, Jul 19, 2019

The management blunders at the big outfit in Bethesda will write each other as top producing employees; taking credit for work and results that they actually had nothing to do with and will continue abusing annual leave and telecommuting while bashing highly productive and motivated employees. Do the civil servant a big award get rid of the management idiots who do nothing except destroy morale.

Thu, Jul 18, 2019

In the big out fit in Bethesda, performance awards will go to the back stabbing inept management minions along with individuals who have not contributed anything to their program or the tax payers needs. They will take performance standards and add bogus goals that have no real impact on performance and if the employee focuses on such supposed performance needs they will be ignored and down played. If the employee asks about such details the manager will become hostile and will cause other issues. This is why there needs to be a reduction in management minions in general.

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