By Rob Schuette, Triad Staff
Town Hall informational briefings about the new National
Security Personnel System (NSPS) were held Oct. 12-13 at Fort McCoy as
the installation prepares to transition to the system along with the
rest of the Department of the Army.
Larris Marks, the U.S. Army
Forces Command, G-1 Human Services director, briefs McCoy
employees about the NSPS. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
Sally Dana, Labor Relations specialist for the Reserve Command
Civilian Personnel and Advisory Center (CPAC) at Fort McCoy, said the
system is expected to come online incrementally at Fort McCoy in the
The first organization at Fort McCoy to be affected by the new
system will be the CPAC. The regulation still needs to be published
before the system becomes operational.
"These sessions were (held at Fort McCoy as) a head's-up
about what's down the road and how this system will affect you,"
Larris Marks, the U.S. Army Forces Command G-1, Human Resources
director, presented briefings at Fort McCoy, one of 12 locations where
she will be making presentations.
Personnel representing Army Major Commands currently are
visiting all of the Army installations to present briefings about the
new system. The system will be implemented Department of Defense (DoD)-wide.
Several review points have been built into the system's
implementation process to allow adjustments to be made as federal
personnel gain experience with the new system, she said.
"The implementation of NSPS will be on an events-driven
basis not on a time-driven basis," Marks said. "We want
people to be informed about NSPS, be supportive of the system, be open
to the basic principles and be flexible to NSPS."
Although a great deal of misinformation is being generated,
Marks wanted to set the record straight.
"No one will lose money when they are converted from the
existing civil service system to NSPS" she said.
As a related initiative, some jobs currently being performed by
military personnel that could be performed by civilian personnel are
being transitioned to the civilian personnel system. This will allow
the Soldiers to concentrate on their war-fighting missions, she said.
Employees will earn pay raises in the NSPS by meeting or
exceeding accepted performance standards. Personnel who don't meet
minimum standards could receive pay decreases.
Because there won't be enough time in the new system to earn a
merit raise by 2006, all DoD personnel will receive the annual
government pay increase in January 2006, she said.
More details about NSPS will be released as they become
available, Dana said. Currently, the system is scheduled to be
completely operational by 2008. Among
the highlights of the new system are allowing more recruitment
flexibility and tying pay raises to performance. Dana said some of the
details of the new system are considered bargainable, the subject of
labor-management meet-and-confer sessions with the national union
The system will give more flexibility to managers and set up
guidelines for such things as reduction-in-force actions or direct
hiring authority while maintaining veterans preference rights.
Marks said the new system will give the DoD more broad-sweeping
authority to allow commanders to react more quickly to changes in
Marks recommended government employees prepare now for the
implementation of the system. One step to take is to be proactive.
More information about the new system can be
found at the Web site http://www.cpms.osd.mil/nsps,