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Merit pay: the Federal Government's pay-for-performance experience.

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Authors
Holliman, Sherry Diane.
Subjects
merit pay
pay-for-performance
bonus systems
compensation
motivation
Advisors
Creighton, John Wallis
Date of Issue
1983-06
Date
June 1983
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Language
en_US
Abstract
For many years, businesses in private industry have been utilizing and experimenting with various forms of performance-based pay. These innovations have been part of a continuing search by organizations for better approaches to administering pay. With the passing of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, the Federal Government began its form of this concept entitled, 'Merit Pay'. Although many studies have examined uses in the areas of pay and total compensation, and even in the narrower area of performance-based pay, these studies have focused primarily on the private sector. This is not surprising since 'merit pay' has only been in widespread use in the Federal sector for the past two years. However, even in its infancy, there are indications that the pay for performance concept in the Federal Government has not lived up to its expectations. This thesis examines the Federal Government's experience with pay- for-performance, discusses the probable effectiveness of 'merit pay' as it now stands, and recommends specific actions for more effective performance-based pay management in the public sector.
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Thesis
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Department
Administrative Sciences
Organization
Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
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Format
98 p.
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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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