The first article on this subject introduced the concept of a new pay system in government. In the second article, the author goes into further detail on what this system might look like.
The author says that the General Schedule pay system has some positive attributes that have helped it last for as long as it has, but he makes recommendations for a new government pay system to attract and retain federal employees.
We know that the average federal employee will receive a raise of 3.9% in 2008 and federal retirees will get a COLA of as much as 5.8%. What about employees under NSPS? Many NSPS employees in the Washington, DC area will get a higher raise than those under the GS system.
The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has just issued a decision that gives DoD approval to proceed with the new labor relations structure by overturning a ruling of a lower court.
As NSPS is challenged in court, DoD is moving out by scrupulously avoiding unionized employees. This gives thousands of DoD professionals a way out–they can form a bargaining unit.
Pay for performance is coming to federal agencies. Here is one opinion on making it work successfully.