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Audit gives employee program poor evaluation

Posted August 19, 2010 1:30 p.m. EDT
Updated August 19, 2010 2:36 p.m. EDT

— Auditors say inflated worker ratings, poor legislative oversight and across-the-board pay raises have essentially made North Carolina’s performance management program for state employees useless.

State Auditor Beth Wood’s office on Thursday released its review of the program designed to reward workers who have strong government careers and to ensure fair pay raises.

The review points to a 2008 state personnel report that found worker evaluations are unreasonable. Only 1 percent of employees fail to meet expectations and 81 percent are considered outstanding or very good. That report found there’s virtually no connection between pay and performance because the General Assembly usually approves the same raises for everyone.

Wood’s recommends lawmakers decide whether to revise or eliminate the system altogether.