The Secretary of State for Public Administration stated that there are “great difficulties” in terminating quotas, but the pace of adding better services is not far from the goal.
The government continues to believe that it will be “very difficult” to abolish the current performance evaluation quota for public service workers who limit the best score to 25%. However, the government has also proposed to link service evaluation with worker evaluation. It also recognizes that “quota gains” are used for the highest-level services.
On Friday, after the first meeting with the Civil Service Union to discuss public administration matters, the Secretary of State for Public Administration Jose Cotto said at a press conference that increasing the quota for better-rated services is “not far from our goal”. The comprehensive performance evaluation subsystem of public administration has been revised, and the government intends to extend the discussion to the end of the year, and in principle will only have an actual impact in 2023.
According to José Couto, the government recognizes the following possibility: “Allocation of quotas can be done based on the evaluation of the service itself. Therefore, for services with better evaluations, quotas can be increased because we must focus on providing public services”. “This is the goal: the results have results, and workers believe that these results also depend on the results.”
In the SIADAP review principle memorandum delivered to the union, the government mentioned the goal of “restoring the impact of service quality”, which ensures that the quota for evaluating performance is increased to 35%. While talking about the “probable increase in quotas”, we will get the best service in 2013.
However, José Couto did not say whether he wanted to resume the same growth, nor did he say whether the current proposal for annualization of evaluations (currently for a two-year period) will be reflected in the acceleration of progress. This has been obtained. reflect. Alexandra Leitão, Minister of Modernization of State and Public Administration, called it a goal.
“On this issue, I will only say what has been said, and will not affect all the clarifications you want to understand. The annualization itself will speed up the progress. If I have a two-year cycle and move towards one, he told reporters Said, but I did not clarify how the annualization of the assessment will affect the salary leap allowed by a single salary scale.
He said: “We have to see in exact terms that we can do this, because all the attitudes and decisions we have to make must be sustained, but also take into account the moment we are in.” “We recognize that in In the current two-year cycle, ten years have long career prospects for people, but all decisions must be considered in terms of sustainability and relevance to other tools (finance, budget, strategy, and financial tools). Other” .
The government document delivered to the union also suggested simplifying the evaluation steps and providing a new computer system for the process to be executed. José Couto ensures that this will not reduce the situation where workers can challenge possible assessment flaws (currently, competition is ensured by electing a joint committee of workers and service representatives).
Under the current model, SIADAP has been criticized by trade unions and organized public mission organizations (workers’ organizations), which did not participate in this Friday’s meeting and also intends to provide advice on the review process. The existence of evaluation quotas is the biggest criticism, but in a mechanism that is considered ineffective and usually ignored by public service agencies themselves, it also requires increased workers’ transparency and participation in the evaluation of management services.
In the current review process, the government realized that “there are many situations that hinder the application of SIDAP.” From the beginning, the public service profession was frozen after the last crisis broke out until 2019.
“The historical experience of SIADAP deceived some of the management expectations we hoped to evaluate the system. This in itself caused the system to depreciate in some way. On the other hand, today we find that the system is bureaucratic and we want to simplify it. · Cotto said.
The government’s goal is to continue the negotiations until the end of this year, but to maintain the current forecast that any changes will only take effect in 2023, the year the next evaluation cycle begins. In 2021, a new two-year cycle begins. Jos Cotto said: “There is no point in interrupting the management cycle,” but he did not give up discussing other possibilities with the union.
*With Paulo Ribeiro Pinto