As the Defense Department continues an arduous process of transitioning more than 220,000 employees from a national security-centric personnel system back into the general pay schedule, the director of the transition said that, despite a few bumps in the road, things have gone well.
John H. James Jr. said much of the credit for the smooth transition, lies with the military services, which each created their own transition plans to move civilian employees from the National Security Personnel System.
“Our guidance in the beginning was that we would have the least possible impact to employees and the least possible impact to mission,” he said.
The NSPS was established by Congress in 2004, but was repealed last year in the defense authorization bill.
Now, civilian employees are flooding back into various pay schedules that they originally came from. However, when employees began joining NSPS after it was created, many of the other performance management systems were “effectively dismantled,” according to an American Forces Press Service report.
“We needed a little bit more time to put [the previous systems] back in place,” James said.
So far, some 172,000 employees have been transitioned, about 75 percent of the NSPS workforce.
The deadline for transitioning all employees out of the NSPS is Jan. 1, 2012, which James said the department will meet.