The Federal Employee Suggestion System

Possibilities for Improvement Gao ID: FPCD-78-73 November 8, 1978

The Incentive Awards Program's objective is to encourage civilian employees to contribute to the efficiency, economy, or other areas of government operations by recognizing and rewarding them for exceptionally meritorious achievements or suggestions.

The full benefits of an effective employee suggestion system are not being realized by federal agencies. Pronounced support of a suggestion system alone does not guarantee its effectiveness. Many managers and employees lack enthusiasm for the system, and relatively few employees contribute suggestions. Persistent problems prevail because no single office with the authority to act has directed agencies to aggressively implement the system.


Our recommendations from this work are listed below with a Contact for more information. Status will change from "In process" to "Open," "Closed - implemented," or "Closed - not implemented" based on our follow up work.

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