State Dept. Employees Could Award Themselves Promotions, Watchdog Warns

Government Executive | April 23, 2019

Management lapses make the State Department vulnerable to employees potentially awarding themselves promotions, the inspector general warned on Tuesday. Watchdog Steve Linick issued a “management letter” that reproduces a compendium of issues with the department’s financial and security procedures prepared on April 15 by Kearney & Co. in its audit of State’s fiscal 2018 financial statement. Among the issues raised is the way that State’s human resources team executes hiring, transfers, promotions and demotions using the SF-52 (Request for Personnel Action) forms in its Global Employment Management System.

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Local government plays an important role in creating and supporting environments that enable the community to achieve optimal health and wellbeing. Reducing gender inequity for women is a key strategy in achieving this goal, as it allows for a more just, inclusive and fair society for both women and men.

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