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Report: DoD Eyes Reclassification of Department’s Civilian Workforce

OfficeThe Defense Department wants to shift its non-bargaining civilian employees that fall under Title 5 authorities of the U.S. Code to a military-oriented personnel management system under Title 10, GovExec reported Tuesday.

Charles Clark writes a draft DoD workforce reform plan, obtained by GovExec, aims to give the U.S. defense secretary more flexibility in hiring and managing up to 20 percent of the department’s workforce subject to the Title 5 General Schedule classification system.

J. David Cox, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, said he believes the proposed reform would be “harmful” to DoD employees, the publication reports.

Matthew Allen, a DoD spokesperson, told GovExec in an email that the department consulted with federal labor unions when it crafted the plan and that it seeks input from its workforce “to shape the personnel reform that will drive the Force of the Future.”

DoD will include a finalized plan into the department’s program and budget assessments in the fall, the report said.

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