Employees under the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command’s General Schedule unit may opt to shift their duties to the Department of the Navy’s Cyber Excepted Service through August 18th, the Navy said Wednesday. Congress authorized the Department of Defense to create the enterprise-wide CES personnel system in 2016 to improve the management of civilian cyber personnel.
Current GS staff are allowed to accept or decline the voluntary CES conversion within 30 days through FCC-issued letters. Employees who choose to transition will not experience changes in job title, responsibilities or salary and may compete for other CES positions. DoD personnel may experience changes under the CES system such as rotational assignments, qualification-based promotion and compensation initiatives.
According to the Navy, the CES system intends to “promote a culture that is based upon mission requirements and employee capabilities.” The CES implementation strategy, which began in August 2017, is divided into three phases with the last increment slated to commence in January 2023.