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Past Accomplishments

  • Successfully pushed legislation that contained a provision granting 8 hours of leave per biweekly pay period for SES and certain Senior-level positions.
  • Ensured that DHS and DoD did not eliminate all SES structure and protection and give the Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security complete authority to restructure the career SES. This was a real threat at the time DHS was created and a year later when NSPS was established.
  • Succeeded in 2003 in ensuring that the new SES system included an increase in the pay cap for Senior Executives working in certified agencies.
  • When federal executive pay was set each year by the President, SEA played a key role in raising pay each year but one for a total increase of 167 percent. From 1981 to 2003, ES-4 pay went from $50,112 to $133,800, an increase of $83,688.
  • Secured the passage of legislation making SL (Senior Level) and ST (Scientific and Professional) positions eligible for Presidential Meritorious and Distinguished Rank Awards.
  • Secured passage of legislation raising the Presidential Meritorious and Distinguished Rank Awards from $10,000 and $20,000 to 20 percent and 35 percent of pay, respectively, thus restoring the awards to their original value. For a member of the SES making the average rate of basic pay at the end of FY 2006. $154,960, a Meritorious Rank Award became worth $30,992, and a Distinguished Rank Award, $54,236.
  • Supported Regulations to Continue the MSBP - The MSPB system was at risk for DHS and DoD employees. SEA took a strong position on this and the result was the issuance of DHS regulations that continue appeals to the MSPB for adverse actions and revision of NSPS legislation to keep MSPB appeals for DoD employees.
  • Secured the initial inclusion, in 1994, of career executives in locality-based pay adjustments. In 2003, with locality pay, an ES-4 received $142,500; without it, ES-4 would have received only base pay ($133,800). (The Defense Authorization Act of 2004 eliminated locality pay for the SES; however, former locality amounts are now included in basic pay.)
  • Secured passage of the Frequent Flyer Legislation making mileage accrued on Federal travel available for private use.
  • Secured passage of legislation removing the cap on the number of Senior Executives in each agency who may receive a bonus.
  • Initiated and secured the passage of a law that dramatically increases the pool of money available for SES performance awards from 3 percent of SES payroll in each agency to 10 percent of SES payroll.
  • Secured significant benefits and protections in the SES performance-based recertification process. (The recertification process was legislatively eliminated in 2003.)
  • Proposed and secured legislation for fall-back to GS-15 or above positions for career senior executives caught in a reduction in force.
  • Originated and secured "last-move-home" benefits for senior executives (and the spouses of deceased executives) geographically relocated within five years of their eligibility for an annuity.
  • Helped defeat a pay raise recall in 1987 and an attempted 5-percent pay reduction in 1992, and filed a brief in Humphrey v. Baker in support of the pay increase and pay-setting process for executives.
  • Developed and secured legislation that allows executives to appeal adverse actions after retiring in the face of action.
  • Developed and secured legislation allowing the Merit Systems Protection Board to mitigate overly harsh agency penalties in SES conduct appeals.
  • Secured passage of legislation limiting agency authority to detail executives during the 120 day "get acquainted" period and the issuance of the Office of Personnel Management's regulations limiting agency authority to reduce executive rank and pay.
  • Proposed and secured legislation requiring agencies to reimburse executives for up to one half the cost of their liability and legal defense insurance.
  • Designed beneficial provisions that were incorporated in Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) legislation, including the tax-deferred savings plan for both FERS and Civil Service Retirement System employees. SEA actively represents Senior Executives on the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board Advisory Council.
  • Led the establishment of a coalition of management and executive groups to provide a stronger voice for federal supervisory issues on Capitol Hill, the Government Managers Coalition.
  • Created the Public Employees Roundtable to inform Americans about the quality and contributions of public service.

Ten Considerations For Civi Service Modernization

Summary: The Senior Executives Association (SEA) and the Hoover Institution hosted three Civil Service Modernization Dialogues in the summer and fall of 2018 that had a goal of developing a consensus around general themes and concepts that a diverse group of organizations could support. Those Dialogues were organized around three general themes:

  • Civil Service Workforce Modernization
  • Civil Service Administrative Modernization
  • Civil Service Regulatory Modernization
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Weekend: Closed

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