American Public Service: Radical Reform and the Merit System by James S. Bowman, Jonathan P. West

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Fm Page 23 Tuesday, September 5, 2006 1:47 PM Changes in State Civil Service Systems Ⅲ 23 Administrative Changes in HRM 1. To what extent has the number of position classifications been reduced? Specify. 2. Has your state broad banded? 3. What types, if any, of additional flexibility have line supervisors been given over the utilization of human resources? ] 4. Have you tried merit pay, and what has been the outcome? 5. Has the state altered its pension system in any way (please describe)? 6. To what extent has outsourcing been used in state government?

Although this movement toward decentralization of the HRM responsibilities associated with more centralized civil service systems to individual agency control has promised to produce significant rewards for the public sector, it can be argued that the verdict is still pending on the long-term impact. Indeed, we know little about the ramifications of this sea change in the way public employees are recruited and managed. More dialogue is required to understand what remains of the personnel as we know it in the public sector and whether these changes serve the greater good of governance in the United States.

8. How has your state’s HR turnover rate changed recently, and in what way? 9. What percentage of your labor force is “classified,” “unclassified,” “at-will,” or “career protected”? Describe (estimate). 10. In your judgment, what does the future hold for your state’s career civil service? Please specify likely directions of change. fm Page 25 Tuesday, September 5, 2006 1:47 PM 2 FRAMING CIVIL SERVICE INNOVATIONS: ASSESSING STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT REFORMS R. Paul Battaglio, Jr. University of Nevada, Las Vegas Stephen E.

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