The issues and actions contained in this report were developed based on input from federal employees, managers, labor unions and personnelists; state and local government representatives; personnel management organizations and professional associations; members of the academic community and others.
Data collection methods included:
--- conducting individual, focus group, and other group interviews-- over 400 individuals were either interviewed by NPR staff or participated in group sessions either sponsored or attended by NPR staff;
--- attending meetings, conferences, and related presentations--for example, NPR staff attended the June 1993 OPM conference, "Partners for Change: Steering Federal HRM into the 21st Century";
--- reviewing relevant literature, including the results of earlier reform efforts--over 200 sources were consulted;
--- analyzing correspondence and other written materials submitted to the National Performance Review;
--- creating a problem-solving team to recommend improvements to federal labor-management relations; and
--- creating a problem-solving team to recommend improvements to federal equal opportunity programs.
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