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Human Capital: Agencies Are Using Buyouts and Early Outs with Increasing Frequency to Help Reshape Their Workforces
GAO-06-324: Published: Mar 31, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2006.
Under the Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCO) Act of 2002, an agency may request authority from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to offer employees voluntary separation incentive payments (buyouts) and voluntary early retirement (early outs) to help reshape its workforce. GAO was asked to identify (1) how many agencies have been granted authority to offer buyouts and early outs and how oft...
Securities and Exchange Commission: Some Progress Made on Strategic Human Capital Management
GAO-06-86: Published: Jan 10, 2006. Publicly Released: Feb 9, 2006.
Corporate failures and accounting scandals led to changes in legislation governing U.S. securities markets, which resulted in increased workload demands on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). As a result, Congress provided SEC with substantial budgetary increases to obtain more resources to help fulfill the agency's mission. GAO was asked to review SEC's strategic workforce planning effo...
Community Services Block Grant Program: HHS Needs to Improve Monitoring of State Grantees
GAO-06-373R: Published: Feb 7, 2006. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 2006.
The House Committee on Education and the Workforce has asked GAO to review the administration of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program. As part of this review, we are examining the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) efforts to monitor states' use of CSBG funds. Specifically, we have been reviewing efforts undertaken by HHS's Office of Community Services (OCS), which has pri...
Older Workers: Labor Can Help Employers and Employees Plan Better for the Future
GAO-06-80: Published: Dec 5, 2005. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 2005.
Demographic changes pose serious challenges for employers, the economy, and older Americans. As the baby boomers near traditional retirement ages, the loss of experienced workers could have adverse effects on productivity and economic growth. Also, many older Americans face less-secure retirements due to rising health care costs, pension coverage changes, and fiscal pressures on the nation's retir...
Intellectual Property: USPTO Has Made Progress in Hiring Examiners, but Challenges to Retention Remain
GAO-05-720: Published: Jun 17, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 2005.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is responsible for issuing U.S. patents that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. Recent increases in both the complexity and volume of patent applications have increased the time it takes to process patents and have raised concerns about the validity of the patents USPTO issues. Adding to these challenges is the difficulty th...
Equal Employment Opportunity: The Policy Framework in the Federal Workplace and the Roles of EEOC and OPM
GAO-05-195: Published: Apr 29, 2005. Publicly Released: May 10, 2005.
The federal government has created a framework to provide for EEO by prohibiting unlawful discrimination based on such factors as race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, and disability, and offers redress when discrimination and retaliation have occurred. To further EEO and help bring about a diverse workforce, federal agencies are required to carry out affirmative employment and mino...
Human Capital: Preliminary Observations on Proposed DOD National Security Personnel System Regulations
GAO-05-432T: Published: Mar 15, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2005.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) new human resources management system--the National Security Personnel System (NSPS)--will have far-reaching implications for the management of the department and for civil service reform across the federal government. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 gave DOD significant authorities to redesign the rules, regulations, and processes that...
Social Security: Better Coordination among Federal Agencies Could Reduce Unidentified Earnings Reports
GAO-05-154: Published: Feb 4, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 2005.
Each year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) receives millions of employer-submitted earnings reports (Form W-2s) that it is unable to place in an individual Social Security record. If the Social Security number (SSN) and name on a W-2 do not match SSA's records, the W-2 is retained in the Earnings Suspense File (ESF). SSA's ability to match earnings reports is essential to calculating Soci...
Diversity Management: Expert-Identified Leading Practices and Agency Examples
GAO-05-90: Published: Jan 14, 2005. Publicly Released: Feb 4, 2005.
A high-performance organization relies on a dynamic workforce with the requisite talents, multidisciplinary knowledge, and up-to-date skills to ensure that it is equipped to accomplish its mission and achieve its goals. Such organizations typically (1) foster a work environment in which people are enabled and motivated to contribute to mission accomplishment and (2) provide both accountability and...
Human Capital: Principles, Criteria, and Processes for Governmentwide Federal Human Capital Reform
GAO-05-69SP: Published: Dec 1, 2004. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 2004.
There is widespread agreement that the federal government faces a range of challenges in the 21st century that it must confront to enhance performance, ensure accountability, and position the nation for the future. Federal agencies will need the most effective human capital systems to address these challenges and succeed in their transformation efforts during a period of likely sustained budget co...