The adjustment will be made in hours but the final cost may be the same because the Grade 7 worker may earn a lower salary than the Grade 8 worker. According to NIJ, it has held approximately two dozen meetings or workshops it is unclear what distinguishes one from the other sincean average of about two a year.
Others expressed the view that, with such limited resources, there was no incentive to plan. With few exceptions, there appeared to be little emphasis on the science but more on what information practitioners need to do their jobs better.
Currently, agenda setting and planning is decentralized, and ORE and OST present their plans separately to the director. The director of planning was responsible for communicating with outside groups, soliciting their input, and working closely with NIJ management and staff to develop an annual program plan.
Consultation on program priorities between the director and the senior management staff is conducted on an ad hoc basis. Regardless of who is performing the estimate, assumptions are made about the pay grade of the workers needed to perform the work.
One example of meetings aimed exclusively at practitioner groups is the 21st-century working groups convened during Its responsibilities appear to be exclusively confined to providing financial oversight and monitoring activities, such as responding to audits and other financial inquiries, overseeing the packaging of grant proposals, and managing contracts.