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Pay for Performance is the Only Choice

March 6, 2019

Government is approaching a Hobson’s choice. The General Schedule salary system is an anachronism.  The Pay Agent has now twice questioned the methodology used to adjust the ranges. It may be that no one today believes the annual pay gap estimate. The Office of Personnel Management gave up trying to confirm jobs are classified accurately decades ago. Non-competitive salaries are a barrier to hiring talent with essential skills. But the most glaring problem is the impact of automatic step increases. The GS system is an impediment to good government.