TSA Rolls Back Some Performance Pay Mandates

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced the agency is easing off some requirements that employees have been subjected to under TSA’s Performance and Accountability Standards System (PASS). In a March 25 email to TSA employees—detailed in a release from the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)—TSA Administrator Kip Hawley said the changes to the pay system will become effective April 1. Changes include: improved image tests, fewer competency and proficiency requirements, no more standard operating procedures tests in 2008, and no more sign-in for fitness for duty. AFGE applauded the move. “These changes confirm AFGE’s unease with PASS as an inherently flawed and subjective system that lacks fairness and credibility,” AFGE General Counsel Mark Roth said. “AFGE has publicly challenged TSA and its pay system for years and is glad that TSA is acting on our concerns.” But other issues remain, the union said. AGFE said PASS still lacks numerous features recommended for pay-for-performance systems by both the Government Accountability Office and the Merit Systems Protection Board. To see more, go to: www.afge.org/Index.cfm?Page=PressReleases&PressReleaseID=835.

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