Performance-Based Pay in the Federal Government

Pay for performance is not new in the Federal government. There has been considerable legislation passed to address the issues associated with the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 that allowed for variation from the General Schedule. This paper highlights some of the more prolific and influential work in context with the attempts and rationale to move away from the General Schedule pay system; to provide more delegated authority to individual organizations and agencies; and to install a performance based pay system into the Federal civil service.

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