Letters to the editor
Following are responses to an FCW.com poll question that asked: "Do you favor dividing the Senior Executive Service into a corps of managers and a corps of technical experts?"
Most people in SES positions are noted for either their past government experience or area of expertise. Breaking the positions down by type would only limit agencies' ability to hire.
Also, a few SES positions are used to reward supporters after elections. These positions are essentially of a nondescript nature.
John DiIorio HCA Retired from Defense Department
Splitting the Senior Executive Service into management/nonmanagement is a particularly BAD idea.
SES is a creation designed to screen and supply managers with certain minimum skills to the federal government. If the problem is compensation, then reopen and rationalize the grades of GS-16 through GS-18.
Be honest and call a senior scientist a senior scientist and not an agency executive.
Name withheld by request