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?"
One senior service would eliminate duplication that already exists in some parts of government. For example, the Department of Health and Human Services has the SBRS (Senior Biomedical Research Service) in addition to the SES.
Only one senior service is necessary. This would finally shake the government out of its naive position that only "management" positions are worthy of increased recognition and pay. The core value in any senior service is performance and significant accomplishment in advancing the mission of the government and not on whether the title is "executive" or "technical/scientific expert."
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission uses the SES and the Senior Level system where the Senior Level is the technical expert. The only downside is that the program was implemented too late and too many of the SES employees should have been SLs.
Name withheld by request