28 February 2014

Liberia: CSA Examines Allowance Policy

The Civil Service Agency (CSA) has begun a systemic re-examination of allowance policy and practices at various government functionaries in the country.

The policy is aimed at ensuring that compensations are awarded in a transparent and equitable manner that is fair to civil servants and affordable to the country.

According to a release, the policy is part of the CSA medium-term pay strategy, amidst reports of misuse of general allowance.

"It has come to the attention Civil Service Agency that this policy has been misunderstood and abused. There are widespread cases of general allowances being reduced for reasons other than cause," the release indicated.

The release quotes the CSA as saying, heads of ministries and agencies have also increased general allowances without any performance measure, while general allowances across ministries and agencies for ostensibly similar positions very tremendously.

The release noted that the policy is in line with the Administrative Circular of September, 2007 from the office of the CSA Director General intended to harmonize the payment of general allowance of civil servants in the class of Directors, Assistant Directors and their equivalent.

CSA noted that the policy is also in line with the cabinet's decision that heads of ministries and agencies should exercise discretion to pay general allowance to civil servants based on functions.

The functions include civil servants who work beyond the normal working hours or employees who additional responsibilities go beyond their regular description.

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