What is it? Congress authorized the National Security Personnel System (NSPS) in the fiscal year 2004 National Defense Authorization Act, signed by President Bush on 24 November 2003. The law allows the Department of Defense (DoD) to establish new rules for how civilians are hired, assigned, compensated, promoted, and disciplined, within the framework of merit principles, accommodation of veterans' preference, and respect for employees' right to bargain.
What has the Army done? The new personnel system is being implemented in phases. Each phase is known as a Spiral, and each Spiral may have multiple increments. DoD implemented the human resources management system to approximately 11,000 non-bargaining unit employees effective 30 April 2006 as part of Spiral 1.1. This included approximately 2,350 members of Army’s Civilian Human Resources Agency.
On 12 November 2006, over 2,600 Army civilians converted to NSPS as Army implemented the first phase of Spiral 1.2. Elements of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Army Materiel Command, Medical Command and Military District of Washington were among those converting to NSPS.
What continued efforts does Army have planned for the future? Training will be paramount to prepare over 40,000 Army civilians converting into NSPS between January and April 2007. Robust training efforts will continue between May and September to train the remaining 180,000 Army Civilian Corps worldwide expected to convert into NSPS in Fiscal Year 2008 and includes the following:
Why is this important to the Army? The National Security Personnel System represents a landmark transformation of civilian personnel management. NSPS will forever change the way the Army attracts, retains, rewards, and develops civilian employees. NSPS ambitiously reshapes the old rules governing civilian employees and offers an environment where employees are encouraged to excel, challenged with meaningful work and rewarded for their contributions.
This is a system that will give us improved opportunities to accomplish the challenges we face now and in the future by:
The deployment of NSPS is a cornerstone to achieving our human capital transformation goals.