Civilian Workforce Transformation

Thursday November 18, 2010

What is it?

The Army is increasingly calling upon our Civilian Corps to assume greater levels of responsibility and accountability at organizations throughout our Service. This is due to a number of initiatives to convert military and contractor positions to civilian careers, as well as due to the increased operational mission requirements in this era of persistent conflict.

What has the Army done?

The Civilian Workforce Transformation Task Force, which consists of the Army G-1 staff, along with G-3/5/7, ASA M&RA and OSD Personnel & Readiness staff, is developing specific short and long-term initiatives to transform the civilian workforce, consistent with Congress 2010 NDAA requirements. This transformation is one of the Army's top priorities, and has the support of the Secretary of the Army, the Chief of Staff of the Army, and the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

Hire the right people, quickly - Under development is a scalable hiring process proof of concept, which will move to achieve the federal OPM hiring standard of 80 days. The metric: By the end of FY11, there will be documentation and implementation of a reformed hiring process that puts commanders in charge and leverages technology.

Civilians in a career program - The goal is to move from 40 percent of the force managed in a career program, to 100 percent coverage. By the 2nd quarter of FY11, the path and resource requirements will be established for 100 percent of the workforce to be covered by professional career program management.

Train and develop our civilians into leaders - By the end of FY2011, there will implementation of comprehensive competency-based Civilian Leadership Development Program. This program will ensure employees and management understand what is required for success, with realistic career paths and developmental opportunities to achieve success. By the first quarter of FY2012, there will be an implementation of an Education, Training and Experiential Development Program for the Army's Enterprise Leadership cohort.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army is capitalizing on entry-level recruiting of high-quality candidates and providing a focused investment in developing the force into leaders throughout their careers. As Army civilians retire, there must be development and training of young leaders in order for them to become the next generation of senior leaders through succession planning.


By hiring the right people, putting them in a career field, training and developing them throughout their career, we trust that this will take care of and keep our Army civilians.

Official says Army must expedite civilian hiring process

Former Assistant Secretaries of the Army (Civil Works)





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2010-2013: 60th Anniversary of the Korean War

November 2010

*Military Family Appreciation Month (Presidential Proclamation)

Warrior Care Month (Warrior Transition command)

Native American Heritage Month*

Nov. 16 & 17: Medal of Honor White House & Pentagon ceremonies for Staff Sgt. Salvatore A. Giunta

Nov. 25: Thanksgiving Holiday


Senior leaders honoring Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta at the induction ceremony held at Pentagon Hall of Heroes on Nov. 17

"Sergeant, your modesty and your humility, together with your valor, truly set you apart. Though you call yourself, and I quote 'mediocre,' you are clearly exceptional, even amongst the fellow warriors you so graciously extol. But more importantly, you are a living example, a reminder to America that there are heroes - modern heroes that live and walk amongst us, heroes who are still fighting and dying to protect us every day."

-Defense Secretary Robert Gates

"All of us are humbled by this experience and honored to be in the company of those who have joined you here today, living and past, who have preceded you in the company and memory and stories of all the heroes who have written in their blood and in their sacrifice, the history and the freedom of these great United States."

-Secretary of Army John McHugh

"What a great statement of the ethos that Sal lives by and that binds our Army together after nine years at war. And, Sal, I just say that anyone might not have done what you did, but maybe just anyone who happened to be an American paratrooper."

-Chief of Staff of the Army George W. Casey

Giunta inducted into Pentagon Hall of Heroes


"To all the ones who can't be here, not just one or two, not just from the 173rd, not just from Battle Company, but from all services, from the Army, the Air Force, the Navy, the Marines, the Coast Guard, the National Guard, the Reserves, everyone who has ever given so much more than I ever know, I want to say 'Thank you' right now to those men and those women because without them, I'm nothing. I'm nothing. I haven't given anything compared to those who have given everything."

- Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta, thanked all the servicemembers, while being inducted into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Nov.17

Giunta inducted into Pentagon Hall of Heroes


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