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Improving Federal Hiring Through Better Assessment
The Federal Government has spent extensive time and resources trying to reform the hiring process, but little attention has been paid to how agencies determine which candidates are likely to best perform the job. This perspectives brief summarizes MSPB research on applicant assessment and identifies 10 factors for agencies to consider when investing in better assessment. It also discusses options available to make high-quality assessments more accessible, including the Office of Personnel Management's USA Hire program.
Building Blocks for Effective Performance ManagementOur newest issuance, Building Blocks for Effective Performance Management, contains data showing the relationship between a performance management environment and supervisor perceptions that they: (1) employ fewer poor and weak performers; and (2) can improve the performance of those poor and weak performers that they do employ. Key elements of this performance environment include: (1) Training in particular areas of performance management; (2) Adequate tools and resources; and (3) Accurate performance measurement criteria.
Update on Sexual Harassment
This Research Brief summarizes Federal employee perceptions of sexual harassment in the workplace, based on MSPB’s 2016 Merit Principles Survey and previous MSPB surveys.
Addressing Misconduct in the Federal Civil Service: Management Perspectives This document contains data from our recent survey of more than 10,000 Federal supervisors, in which we asked a series of questions about their experiences with the system for adverse actions in the Federal civil service and supervisors’ perceived ability to implement adverse actions for misconduct. When we asked supervisors the extent to which different factors might pose a barrier to removing an employee for misconduct, they perceived that the greatest barriers were: (1) the agency’s culture; (2) the degree of support received from higher-level managers; and (3) the quality of service from their human resources offices. One thing these barriers have in common is that they are largely in the control of the individual Federal agencies. 

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