Compensation Survey System (CSS)

WHAT IS CSS?

It is a statewide Web-based, local government pay and classification information sharing system. CSS gives you reliable, current pay and classification information about other jurisdictions throughout Virginia. You can search for this information by locality, population, general fund operating budget, or FTEs.

HOW IT WORKS

Each participating locality posts salary and benefit data for its positions onto the website. This information is available to all subscribing jurisdictions. The data can be sorted by locality, population, general fund operating budget, or FTE’s to assure apples-to-apples comparisons. Technology Net, a company based in Salt Lake City, is the system developer/provider.

TRAINING

An online help manual is available on the website to assist you in using the system. Anytime you are logged into the system, simply scroll to the very bottom of any page on the main screen and click the "Documentation" link. In addition, a CD of a recent instructional webinar can be sent to you free of charge.

For additional assistance, feel free to call or email Technology Net by clicking on "Contact Us" at the bottom of any site page. Mike Swallow and Ken Topham are the primary representatives.

THE LOCALITY'S ROLE

  • Sign up to participate by going to www.comp-survey.com and clicking on the left column link "Request Login". Fill out and submit. You will receive an ID and password within 2 business days. The Institute will contact you concerning subscription payment.
  • Make entering salary and benefit information onto the system a priority.
  • Keep your locality’s information on the site current.

THE INSTITUTE’S ROLE

  • Serve as project administrator.
  • Arrange training for participating localities as needed.
  • Ensure that localities keep information current on the system.
  • Serve as liaison between Technology Net and local governments.

In order for this project to be successful, it must be a partnership between the Institute and Virginia’s local governments, with each partner fulfilling its responsibilities. The system will only be as useful as the information it contains.

COST TO LOCALITIES

The annual fee to participate in the system is based on population. Maximum annual cost is $500; minimum is $50.

BACKGROUND

The need for such a system became apparent, when 1) the Institute’s email broadcast information service (EBIS) began receiving a high number of questions about compensation and benefits and 2) two statewide annual paper surveys, conducted by VML and the Virginia Chapter of IPMA, were canceled.

After investigating systems used throughout the country, the Institute selected Technology Net and introduced it to a 30-person focus group in November, 2004. The Institute also demonstrated the Technology Net system to representatives of several Virginia jurisdictions that had developed their own Web-based personnel information systems. Both groups felt that the Technology Net product would be an excellent tool and encouraged the Institute to move forward with the project.

The Institute, along with its Virginia IPMA, VML, and VACo partners, support and promote this important local government tool.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Contact Tedd Povar at 804/371-0202 or tep3e@virginia.edu.

For frequently asked questions about CSS, click here.