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Homeland Security Rethinks Personnel System

Plan Would Replace Annual Pay Raises With Ones More Tied to Jobs and Performance. Citing the demands of the war on terrorism, homeland security officials yesterday launched the most ambitious and complex attempt in decades to overhaul the way federal employees such as Border Patrol agents, customs inspectors and intelligence analysts are paid, promoted and deployed. The Department of Homeland Security’s proposed personnel system, to be published in the Federal Register next week, would replace a half-century-old compensation system that provides automatic annual pay raises with one that more directly ties pay to occupation and performance. It also would substantially alter how the 180,000-employee department disciplines workers and negotiates with labor unions. Union officials expressed skepticism about the new plan yesterday but did not reject it out of hand. They said that more work needs to be done to shape the system, explain it to employees and ensure that it can be administered fairly. Full Story

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