SES Articles and News

Pay for Performance

December, 11, 2014


The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 (Public Law 108-136, November 24, 2003) established a new performance-based pay system for members of the Senior Executive Service. The SES pay range has a minimum rate of basic pay equal to 120 percent of the rate for GS-15, step 1, and the maximum rate of basic pay is equal to the rate for Level III of the Executive Schedule. However, for any agency certified under 5 U.S.C. 5307(d) as having a performance appraisal system which, as designed and applied, makes meaningful distinctions based on relative performance, the maximum rate of basic pay will be the rate for Level II of the Executive Schedule.

Navy CHART Moves to USAJobs

December, 11, 2014

In an ongoing effort to improve the applicant experience, the Department of the Navy (DON) will be replacing the CHART application system with the USAJOBS online system. USAJOBS is the federal government’s official one-stop source for federal jobs and employment information.

After September 30, 2011, all DON job vacancies will be posted on the USAJOBS website and the CHART job search functionality and job vacancies will be removed.

New SES 5 Page Resume

December, 11, 2014

Barbara Adams

Changes in SES Application Requirements: The Five-Page Resume

Although there are conflicting opinions on how hiring reform in the federal government is affecting the Senior Executive Service (SES) hiring process, there have definitely been some changes in SES vacancy announcements. For example, just a couple of years ago, 8-, 10-, or even 12-page SES resumes were still very common. However, as early as 2009, some agencies began placing a five-page limit on SES resume submissions.

How to Find & Apply for Federal SES Jobs

December, 11, 2014

With the advent of the Internet, it is now easy to find job openings within the Federal Government. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has a website, USAJobs, which allows potential applicants to search most positions being posted for civilian employees. Go to The search is very detailed in criteria, and is much easier to use than in the past. Positions from most Federal agencies may be found using this system.

What Is the NSPS

December, 04, 2014

NSPS is the Department of Defense’s (DoD) flexible and responsive civilian management system that:

Values performance and contribution

Encourages communication

Supports broader skill development

Promotes excellence in the workplace

NSPS modernizes a 50-year-old civil service system, allowing DoD to better attract, recruit, retain, compensate, reward, and manage employees. The system focuses on people, performance, and employment decisions that are cost-effective and best for business practice.

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