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Can We Fix the GS Position Classification System?

The federal General Schedule (GS) rank-in-position classification system has been criticized for decades. Its complexity frustrates federal managers and confuses employees. Friction between managers and position classifiers is the norm, and gaming of the system is common due to lack of incentives to control labor costs. Clearly, the General Schedule is broken. But is there an alternative?


Mon Jun 15 2015


The federal General Schedule position classification system is in crisis. Practitioners at the operating level can provide insights on how best to repair its inherent dysfunctions.

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