ADMINISTRATION'S PAY FOR PERFORMANCE INITIATIVES FACE SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGES - February 15, 2018
Why Trump’s Performance Pay Fund Won’t Happen in 2019
By Erich Wagner, Government Executive
The release of President Trump’s fiscal 2019 budget proposal confirmed a rumored civilian federal employee pay freeze, but the accompanying effort to institute pay-for-performance through a $1 billion interagency fund to reward high performers came as a surprise for some observers.
Not much is known about the new fund or whether it is even feasible. The budget documents only described the program—which will rely on fiscal 2018 appropriations—as “a new workforce fund that directs recruitment and retention incentives towards top performers with mission-critical skills.”