The Homeland Security Department’s leaders must consult with employee organizations before making any changes to civil service rules for the department’s 170,000 employees, under the law creating the new Cabinet-level agency.
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Civil service laws governing pay and promotions, job classification, collective bargaining, performance appraisals, discipline and firing will not apply to the 170,000 employees of the new Homeland Security Department under the homeland legislation approved by Congress this week.
Federal agencies could pay their best senior executives more each year—if the agencies lower performance ratings for their executives overall, under a provision included in the pending homeland security legislation.
Agencies across the federal government will get new personnel powers and incentives for employees under the bill creating the new Department of Homeland Security.
The Office of Personnel Management will have a new executive team within the next few weeks, OPM Director Kay Coles James announced Tuesday.