Federally Employed Women (FEW)

FEW is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1968 after Executive Order 11375 was issued that added sex discrimination to the list of prohibited discrimination in the federal government. FEW has grown into a proactive organization serving more than one million federally employed women – both in the military and civilian workforce. For more information, visit www.few.org.

Pay for Performance

By virtually a two-to-one ratio, the members of Federally Employed Women (FEW), in a recent survey, overwhelmingly expressed their discontent with current pay-for-performance personnel systems. While they concurred that there were some beneficial reasons, in theory, to support these types of systems, current attempts in the federal government to implement them have been woefully inadequate according to the survey results.


Survey responses and feedback tended to fall under several categories outlined below. These responses, issues and suggestions were all submitted by FEW members. While not every single response was included, all which were deemed possible and cited by several respondents are included in this paper.


Most importantly, FEW asks that any system include the spirit and intentions of the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws. Women employed in the federal workforce have expressed concerns about job security, career progression and the future of EEO and diversity programs under several proposed personnel programs.