Study recommends scrapping GS pay scale

Study recommends scrapping GS pay scale

The federal government should replace the traditional GS-level system with four broad pay bands to address the shortage of information technology workers, according to the results of the National Academy of Public Administration released today.

The government should have entry-level positions for GS-5 through GS-7, technical supervisor positions for GS-9 through GS-11, analytical supervisor positions for GS-12 through GS-13 and expert manager positions for GS-14 through GS-15, Costis Toregas, chairman of a NAPA panel, said at the Interagency Resources Management Conference in Hershey, Pa.

NAPA undertook the one-year study, Comparative Study of Information Technology Pay Systems, for the federal Chief Information Officers Council and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. The findings were released today.

The study said the government suffers from a cumbersome recruiting process, inadequate motivational tools, lack of investment in continuous learning and an outdated classification system, Toregas said.

"If the federal government is to harness the full power of information technology, it must have a well-skilled work force," he said. "The current human resources management system will not do it."

There should be a market-based, pay-for-performance compensation system consistent with the Clinger-Cohen Act, Toregas said.

The system should link increased pay to competencies and results, he said, adding the government should completely eliminate any across-the-board pay raise.


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