Part-Time and Other Federal Employment

Compensation and Personnel Management Reforms Needed Gao ID: FPCD-78-19 June 5, 1979

Part-time, intermittent, seasonal, or temporary federal workers generally receive the same basic pay rate as permanent, full-time workers, but their eligibility for fringe benefits depends on various factors controlled largely by the employing agency.

At present, the fringe benefits being paid to workers employed less than full-time are inequitable and inconsistent. Congress is currently taking steps to expand part-time career employment and to make fringe benefits commensurate with actual hours worked. Administration ceilings on employment limit flexibility and may cause agencies to design jobs based on the number of spaces available, rather than in terms of the work to be done. A number of hidden benefit costs associated with federal employment, particularly unemployment compensation benefits, are not recognized or charged to the employing agency, possibly decreasing incentive for proper work load management and discouraging good personnel management practices.


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