Professional or Nonprofessional Series: How Do You Make the Call?

When is a professional more of a technician? It’s not always easy to answer that question. Differentiating between professional and technical work based solely on the assigned duties and responsibilities can be difficult and confusing — especially true among positions in [...]

GAO Report: Challenges Remain In Classification, Pay

On July 15, 2014, GAO released a report on the Federal Workforce: Human Capital Management Challenges and the Path to Reform. The report, GAO-14-723T, formed the basis of their testimony before the Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and [...]

Who Does What In Federal Position Classification?

OPM and Federal agencies oversee and administer the General Schedule classification system. Simply, it works like this: OPM has overall responsibility for establishing the basic policies and guidance governing the classification system, but each agency bears some authority and responsibility [...]

Common References of Federal Position Classification

What’s the word on federal position classification? Turns out there are many, and they come in the form of a full body of available reference materials. If you’re a skilled classifier, you probably know them by heart. If you’re not, [...]

Overuse of the 301, Other Job Series Ending In 01 … Does It Matter?

Use of job series ending in 01 is becoming more commonplace in federal position classification, but just because it’s happening more often doesn’t mean the practice is better, or even warranted. Positions classified in most series ending in 01 lack [...]

History of Federal Performance-Based Pay Initiatives