SES Surveying Top-Level Federal Workers

The Senior Executives Association is marking the 30th anniversary of the Senior Executive Service by trying to find out why upper-level federal workers don't want to join the very top ranks of the civil service.

The association is surveying GS-14s and GS-15, those employees at the upper levels of the federal General Schedule workforce classification system. The SES ranks are above GS-15.

"Many talented, able members of this feeder group do not aspire to positions in the executive corps," according to SEA President Carol Bonosaro. "The reasons most often cited include the loss of locality pay and of a guaranteed annual national comparability raise, increased hours and responsibilities, and executive pay overlap with the General Schedule and the National Security Personnel System."

She said the survey is timely because many senior executives are eligible to retire.

“It is important that we know the thoughts of the group of individuals next in line for these senior leader positions, and most especially that we take what we learn from this survey to ensure appropriate incentives are in place to attract the most talented of the GS-14s and 15s to help lead agency programs to address critical service delivery requirements both now and in the future,” said Linda Brooks Rix, co-chief executive of Avue Technologies, which is providing technical support for the survey.

The survey will be available until Aug. 14 at www.seniorexecs.org.

By Marcia Davis  |  July 17, 2009; 3:46 PM ET  | Category:  Job satisfaction
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