Senior Executive Service Reform Proposed

Monday, July 2, 2012

Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) recently introduced new legislation aimed at reforming the Senior Executive Service (SES). The Senior Executive Service Act of 2012 includes reforms that address compensation, professional development, and the SES ratings system, and is co-sponsored by Representatives Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).

The purpose of the Senior Executive Service Act is to improve working conditions for the SES, enabling the SES to recruit the best and brightest candidates to high-level civil service. Supporters of the bill believe that several concerns have deterred individuals from remaining in the SES, including issues with work/life balance, pay compression, and change in geographic relocation.

The new legislation would improve SES career management and compensation, reform SES hiring processes, and increase diversity within the SES. The bill’s supporters believe that the reforms outlined in the Senior Executive Service Act would ensure that agencies and departments are able to develop talented individuals within government as well as attract talent from outside government.

For more information about the Senior Executive Service Act of 2012, please follow the links below.
Moran Introduces SES Reform Legislation, FedSmith.com
Senior Executive Service Act of 2012 Fact Sheet
Senior Executive Service Act of 2012, S.2249

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