A careful consideration of federal pay is an essential part of fiscal stewardship and is necessary to support the recruitment and retention of a competent, successful workforce. Recent studies comparing the compensation of federal workers to workers in other sectors have produced varying findings. To improve understanding of federal pay setting, GAO was asked to examine (1) how annual pay adjustments for the GS system are determined; (2) the extent to which the pay increases and awards available to GS employees recognize individual performance, and how the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) provides oversight of pay increases and awards; and (3) how selected studies compare federal and private pay and total compensation and the factors that may account for the different findings.
GAO reviewed legislation, OPM regulations, executive orders, and federal agency documents; analyzed OPM data; and interviewed agency officials. GAO reviewed six studies that met three criteria: issuance since 2005, original analysis, and focus on federal and private sector compensation. GAO compared and contrasted the differences between their approaches, methodologies, and data sources, and interviewed the studies' authors, people with expertise in compensation issues, and agency officials responsible for the data. GAO provided drafts to agencies and study authors for review and comment and made technical changes as appropriate"
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