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Possible System Transition for 168,000 DoD Employees

transitionAs many as 168,000 Department of Defense employees could be moved out of the National Security Personnel System back to the General Schedule between May and September, Federal Times reports.

The DoD announced earlier this year the establishment of the National Security Personnel System Transition Office and John H. James Jr. was appointed the director who will lead the NSPSTO in managing the development of the plan to transition employees from NSPS to pre-NSPS personnel systems.

The transitions will begin in May, after all DoD offices with NSPS employees finish upgrading their IT systems to handle the switch, James said in an interview with Federal Times. Between 50 percent and 75 percent of the approximately 225,000 NSPS employees will be transferred this fiscal year, James said.

The remaining 25 percent, who are almost certain to be transferred out of NSPS in the 2011 fiscal year, will go to other personnel systems besides the GS system, James said. For example, DoD wants to take more time to create special pay flexibilities for physicians, dentists and other medical staff so they can keep extra medical pay NSPS provided.

The NSPS currently does not know how many employees transferring to GS have earned large enough pay raises under NSPS to exceed their new grades’ step 10 pay caps, according to James. Those employees will have future pay raises reduced by half until their GS grade catches up with their salaries.

Until agencies throughout DoD finish classifying employees to determine their GS grades, James said he will not know how many employees will be affected by the reduced raises.

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