July 2008
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The Public Manager

Civil Service Changes for a Better Future

Friday, July 18, 2008

In 1978, the last comprehensive civil service reform of the federal government

provided structure for a generally uniform, somewhat monolithic


government.A General Schedule (GS)-13 at the Department of Agriculture

was pretty much the same thing as a GS-13 at the Department of Defense

(DoD), or even at the Central Intelligence Agency.The Office of Personnel


Management (OPM) was created to manage this enormous entity, and for about

fifteen years did so with a uniform, quite detailed Federal

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