<a href="http://www.cpms.osd.mil/nsps/index.html" target="_blank">NATIONAL SECURITY PERSONNEL SYSTEM (NSPS)</a>

Monday June 13, 2005

The NSPS provides DoD with a flexible, agile human resources system to meet the demands of a dynamic national security mission, while preserving the core, enduring values of the civil service.

The NSPS will modernize an outdated civil service system and allow human resources to attract, recruit, retain and manage quality civilian employees.

The NSPS will:
- Enable employees to have greater opportunity to affect their pay through excellent performance.

- Enable managers to recruit/retain high quality talent more effectively.

- Improve reduction in force (RIF) procedures, which in turn will provide for less disruption associated with RIF and greater emphasis on performance as a factor in retention.

- Expedited disciplinary and appeals process.

The NSPS proposal will change the rules in the following areas:
- Classification
- Pay/Compensation
- Performance Management
- Hiring
- Reduction in Force
- Adverse Actions
- Appeals
- Labor Relations

The NSPS proposal will NOT change the rules in the following areas:
- Merit System Principles
- Rules against prohibited personnel practices
- Whistleblower protections
- Veterans Preference
- Benefits (retirement, health, life, etc.)
- Anti-discrimination laws
- Fundamental due process
- Allowances and travel/subsistence expenses
- Training
- Leave and work schedules
- Other personnel systems in law
- Lab Demo organizations (until FY 08)

For more information on NSPS, click here.


Soldier's Radio and Television (SRTV) has produced a segment titled "Kids Support" about support groups for children who have a parent deployed to Iraq. Watch the news clip here.


  • New incentives, marketing aim to attract military recruits (AFIS)
  • DoD won't resort to draft or sacrifice quality to boost numbers (AFIS)
  • "Ten-hut!: The Army's bungling recruitment" -- Opinion (WP | EB)
  • Army announces new Combat Action Badge eligibility (ARNEWS)
  • Military, Congress rethinking how to deploy female troops (BS | EB)
  • Walter Reed sees most challenging aspect of war (BS | EB)


  • End to insurgency must come via politics, no military (PI | EB)
  • Fully trained, independent Iraqi army could take years (NYT | EB)
  • Coalition transfers base to Iraqi army (AFIS)
  • Iraqi forces seize terrorists, cash, weapons (AFIS)
  • Poll says U.S. is impatient on Iraq (USAT | EB)
  • Commandos continue to press terrorists (AFIS)
  • U.S. seeks support for inclusive government in Iraq (NYT | EB)
  • Political stalemate likely between Shiites and Sunnis (NTY | EB)
  • NATO establishing Iraqi training center outside Baghdad (AFIS)
  • New Ukraine government continues in the Global War on Terror (CENTCOM News)
  • Officials think bin Laden is on the run in Iran (WT | EB)
  • Insurance company suspected of overcharging worker's comp for those in Iraq (LAT | EB)


  • Guantanamo debate growing louder (MH | EB)
  • Cheney says there are no plans to close Guantanamo prison (WP | EB)
  • "Inside the interrogation of detainee 063" (Time | EB)
  • Decline seen in military academy applications (BG | EB)
  • "A Pacific forces reshuffle" -- Opinion (HA | EB)
  • U.S. takes measures to avoid anti-American backlash after traffic accident (KT/EB)
  • Bomb detonates in Iranian town five days before election (LAT | EB)
  • Uzbekistan at odds with U.S. policy (LAT | EB)


  • Bomb strikes U.S. convoy in Afghanistan (Aljazeera)
  • Iran insists its nuclear program is peaceful (Arab News)
  • U.S. imposes sanctions against Israeli arms industry (Jordan Times)
  • Former exile victorious in third round of Lebanese elections (Daily Star)
  • Kuwait announces first woman minister (Middle East Times)

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June 13, 2005
Tonight, the Learning Channel will air Long Distance Delivery at 10 p.m. EDT. The program tells the stories of three families and the changes they went through while a loved one was in Iraq. (More information)

June 13-19, 2005
Operation Homecoming USA is sponsoring a week-long event honoring America's Vietnam Veterans. The event, America's Tribute to Vietnam Veterans, will be held in Branson, Mo. Some 10,000 participants are expected from across the nation. (More information)

June 16, 2005
The Military Channel will air a three-part special "Best Ranger" competition from 8 - 11 p.m. EDT. (Story)

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