What is it?
Job Swap is a program that will provide for the exchange of positions by two employees who have the same position title, series, and grade or pay band when no vacancy exists and neither employee has declined an offer under Transfer of Function, Transfer of Work, or management-directed reassignment.
As the Army moves toward implementing Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) actions for Forces Command (FORSCOM) and Army Materiel Command (AMC), Job Swap is being developed in an effort to (1) mitigate challenges that both commands will face in filling critical positions due to anticipated attritions, and (2) provide affected employees greater flexibility in job placement.
At present the Job Swap Program is a proposal pending approval by both the FORSCOM and AMC Commanders.
What has the Army done?
The Army has identified a variety of placement and transition assistance programs to avoid separating Civilian employees. These include employee placement programs, Civilian voluntary-separation and early-retirement incentives, retraining initiatives and outplacement assistance, and post-separation benefits and entitlements. DoD 4165.66-M, Base Redevelopment and Realignment Manual, delineates programs and authorities that are designed to help commanders and other leaders through problems attributable to the closure and realignment of installations.
The Job Swap program represents an alternative approach to the placement of federal employees affected by agency relocation. The difference between a Job Swap placement and a Career Transition Assistance priority placement is that there is no vacancy being filled in a swap. Instead, two permanent federal employees, in similar or like jobs, switch positions and agencies. The switch amounts to a lateral reassignment or transfer. Job swaps are exempt from the Priority Placement Program (PPP) and do not require prior approval from Career Assistance and Re-Employment Program officials.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
Numerous outplacement programs are available to help employees who are affected by BRAC find new jobs. Job Swap is one more program that could be used to advantage for placement assistance.
FORSCOM and AMC employees will be given the opportunity to indicate their interest for job swaps by replying to a canvas letter disseminated by Civilian Personnel Advisory Centers (CPACs). The open period will be on or about Jan. 1, 2008, through Nov. 30, 2008. If interested, employees will include a resume with their responses. Employees must indicate interest in job swaps prior to acceptance or declination of an official transfer-of-function/work offer to their respective BRAC sites. Job swaps can only take place between employees who have the same title, series, and grade or pay band.
The CPACs will collaborate on potential matches, review qualifications, and issue lists of interested employees to affected supervisors with a copy to BRAC human resources points of contact. When all parties (CPAC, supervisors, and employees) have agreed, employees approved for job swaps will move to the BRAC sites for FORSCOM (Fort Bragg, North Carolina) or AMC (Redstone, Arsenal, Alabama) based upon the specified date of transfer.
The Defense National Relocation Program will not be authorized for payment of permanent-change-of-station costs under the Job Swap Program.
Why is this important to the Army?
Despite the closure and realignment of installations, it is paramount that key personnel be retained in support of our Army commands and senior mission Commanders. The Job Swap Program will serve as a valuable tool in facilitating smooth transitions, minimizing undue interruptions, ensuring continuity of operations, and providing equitable alternative opportunities to affected employees.