New regulations will be issued this week outlining "reform" procedures federal managers will use to deal with poor performers or employes' job-related misconduct.
The proposed new guidelines are due in the Wednesday issue of the Federal Register. They represent one of the major goals of the Civil Service Reform Act. They were designed to make the government more business-like in its handling of problem employes, and to give managers the tools and (financial incentives) to get tough when necessary.
One of the major sales pitches of the reform was President Carter's complaints that the government is often handcuffed when trying to jolt employes who need a jolt, or fire or demote those whose conduct or performance is undesirable. Many federal workers think he was guilty of overkill in efforts to sell Congress and the public on civil service reform.
Federal officials insist that the new guidelines will also spell out employe rights as well as advise managers how they are to manage. One key aspect of the reform will be to link future pay raises for managers to the efficiency and productivity of their staffs.
Government agencies will set standards for each job. Managers are supposed to advise employes regularly on how they are doing.
Once established, the job standards will define what is expected of each worker and provide for regular monitoring of performance. Employes who fall down on a critical element of their job may be given a chance to improve, or may be given a minimum 30-day notice of intention to take action against them. That could include demotion, or dismissal.
Nobody in or out of government knows yet how well or even if the reform will improve the federal service. It could be a full year before the new machinery is working. But the streamlined model of the 1979 disciplinary machine will go on display this week. And both the drivers and the driven will be anxious to see what it looks like.
Payroll Snarls: Postal workers aren't the only federal workers with complaints about frequent pay shortages and/or deduction problems.Teachers in Defense Department schools in Europe are also at war with paymasters and their computers. If the situation doesn't improve, the teachers have threatened to march on headquarters in March and sit-in until things are cleared up. Don't worry about the proposed job action blocking traffic here. Headquarters for them is Heidelberg, Germany.
Let There Be Heat! Community Service Administration aides say this column wronged them Friday. We said Silver Spring night shift workers were complaining about the lack of heat in their Georgia Avenue building. CSA says there has been a problem, but the bad guys are with the General Services Administration. CSA says it pays extra rent for nighttime heat. Things reportedly will get warmer for the late show people beginning today.
Library of Congress has moved John C. Broderick up to assistant librarian for research services. He had been chief of the manuscript division.
Retiree Raises: Retired federal and military personnel will get a cost-of-living raise, effective March 1, of at least 3.3 percent.
Not So Dismal Work: Four area federal workers have won the top award of the American Water Resources Association for their work on a paper about the Great Dismal Swamp. The writer-scientists are Virginia P. Carter and Patricia T. Gammon of Interior's Geological Survey; Mary K. Garrett of Fish and Wildlife Service, and Lurie Shima of the space agency. This disproves the theory that too many bylines spoil the product.
Happy 4677: The Asian and Pacific American Federal Employe Council will hold a Feb. 3 reception to celebrate the year of the Ram at the Rayburn House Office Building. Laura Chin is chairperson of the council. Other officers are Franklin Fung Chow, Clyde Takeguchi, Marguerite Gee and Anna Wong. The council's mailing address is P.O. Box 23125, L'Enfant Plaza, Washington 20024.
Maryland Pension Flap: The Maryland Classified Employes Association has blasted outgoing Acting Gov. Blair Lee III for naming two associates of suspended Gov. Marvin Mandel to state jobs "in order to enhance their state pensions." Ex-press secretary Frank DeFilippo and outgoing health secretary Neil Solomon got the jobs that will increase their state service time and raise benefits due them when they reach age 65.
MCEA executive director Robert Jewell said, "It is interesting to note that when government officials talk about pension reform, they talk about changing benefits for the vast majority of public workers who make less than $12,500 per year" while taking care of "political friends to insure they have a comfortable retirement."