Legislation Proposed to Increase Number of Career SESers

Government Executive reports that Senator Akaka (D-HI) has introduced the 2012 Senior Executive Service (SES) Reform Act into the Senate. Rep. Moran (D-VA) is expected to introduce similar legislation to the House of Representatives.

Among other reforms, the legislation would:

  • Reduce the percentage of non-career SES appointees from 25% to 15%

  • Increase the number of career SES principal deputy assistant secretaries

  • Introduce changes to pay and performance management for the SES

What’s the impetus for the legislation? The article quotes Carol A. Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association:

“We are increasingly concerned that highly qualified GS 14s and 15s are not aspiring to the SES and that current senior executives are not receiving the necessary resources to enable them to perform at the highest level of which they are capable.”

You can check out the full article here.

What do you think? Are these the changes the SES needs?

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