The Civil Service Commission wants to conduct periodic executive management trainings for every incoming government administration to ensure department heads are knowledgeable and updated on the rules and regulations of their respective agencies.
Commission executive director Andrew Orsini told Saipan Tribune that the training is intended for all incoming expenditure authorities of government agencies.
Orsini, who has been with the commission for over 17 years, said that many of the cases filed with the commission mostly deal with alleged illegal suspension and termination. He is convinced that an executive management training will minimize, if not alleviate, grievances of government employees.
According to him, lapses and problems usually arise due to “misinterpretation” of rules and policies, resulting in the filing of grievance cases.
There are currently 40 pending cases before the commission, majority of which involve alleged unlawful suspension and termination.
CSC plans to bring in experts for this planned executive training.
Orsini admitted, however, that this plan cannot be implemented without the necessary budget.
He disclosed that the commission and the Office of Personnel Management will seek a $1.6-million budget for fiscal year 2014 in order to carry out all the mandates of Public Law 17-80, which returned OPM under the Civil Service Commission.
Orsini disclosed that the budget for the commission and OPM were either reduced or eliminated outright in the past because of its non-functioning board of directors.
Saipan Tribune learned that there are about 17 personnel under these two offices, a significant reduction from previous years' more than 30 employees.