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(202) 720-9113
Amanda Eamich

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2008 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced a public meeting to discuss the Public Health Human Resources System (PHHRS) demonstration project to test a pay-for-performance system approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that will change the way employees are compensated, recognized and rewarded.

The PHHRS will implement pay-banding for approximately 2,800 FSIS employees where jobs will be placed in broad career paths utilizing flexible pay setting based on qualifications, local labor market factors and performance ratings. This demonstration project will involve all General Schedule, non-bargaining unit employees within FSIS, including public health veterinarians. The demonstration project will be conducted over a five year period under the supervision of OPM to determine if the pay-for-performance system is successful in improving the Agency's personnel management.

The USDA Strategic Human Capital Plan and the President's Management Agenda require FSIS' human capital system to be more innovative and accountable than ever. Pay-banding and pay-for-performance will allow FSIS to recruit, develop and retain high caliber employees that are the backbone of the Agency's public health and inspection program.

The current personnel system is based on important core principles, however they do not provide the flexibilities needed to define and achieve the growing list of advanced public health functions. PHHRS will feature a simplified pay-banding classification and compensation system that will be combined with a results-based and competency linked pay-for performance system.

The public meeting will be held on Thursday, June 26, at 10 a.m., in the Jefferson Auditorium, South Agriculture Building, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C. Individual may also dial-in to the public meeting at (888) 790-4330, password: Demonstration Project. Meeting information and other related documents are available on the FSIS Web site at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/
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Individuals are not required to pre-register to attend the meeting in person or participate by phone. However, individuals who wish to provide oral comments at the public meeting must pre-register by providing their name, organization, phone number, e-mail address, and whether they intend to attend the meeting in person or participate by phone by e-mailing demonstration.project@fsis.usda.gov or calling (202) 720-7983.

Written comments must be submitted to OPM on or before June 9, 2008, to be considered. Comments may be submitted by e-mail to demoprojects@opm.gov or by mail to Demonstration Projects, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street, NW, Room 7677, Washington, DC 20415.

For further information from FSIS, contact Laurie Lindsay, Director of Human Resources Demonstration Project, Office of Management at (202) 720-7983, by e-mail at Laurie.Lindsay@fsis.usda.gov, or by mail to U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 1400 Independence Ave, SW, Room 2134, South Building, Washington, DC 20250. For additional information from OPM, contact Patsy Stevens, Systems Innovation Group Manager at (202) 606-1574, or by mail at 1900 E Street, NW, Room 7456, Washington, DC 20415, by e-mail at demoprojects@opm.gov. A sign language interpreter will be available at the meeting; however persons requiring other special accommodations should notify Ms. Lindsay by June 13, 2008.
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Last Modified May 31, 2013