Washington, D.C. – Representative Mark Meadows (NC-11) released the following statement after introducing the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Personnel Flexibilities Act of 2013, which makes permanent a performance-based compensation system for the scientific and technical employees of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) of the Department of the Treasury.
“Strengthening the link between federal worker pay and performance is an essential step in addressing Washington’s spending problem,” Meadows said. “If made permanent, TTB’s pay-for-performance system will serve as a model to other federal agencies. Multiple evaluations have determined that this system meets its stated objectives to increase the quality of new hires, better retain high performers, improve both individual and organizational performance, and support management objectives.
“Rewarding employees for their achievements establishes a culture of success. To protect hardworking taxpayers’ money and create accountability, we need pay-for-performance systems in our government. I look forward to marking up this bill in the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform tomorrow and bringing it to the House floor soon.”
Background: In 1998, Congress granted the Treasury Department the authority to establish a three-year personnel management demonstration project. In 2002, authority for the project was split between the new Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. TTB has received authorization to extend its pilot annually since FY 2004 through the appropriations process. This performance-based compensation system covers 125 chemists, auditors, and information technology specialists. The program’s authority expired on October 20, 2012, but President Obama’s budget no longer supports the program’s extension. Instead, the budget states the administration would “allow” TTB to petition OPM for authorization of a new demonstration project.