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Almost half of NSPS employees to be in new pay plans by June

Apr. 23, 2010 - 03:53PM   |  
By STEPHEN LOSEY   |   Comments
John James, director of the NSPS transition office, said 7,000 employees will be transitioned back to the General Schedule by the end of April. That is behind the projections listed in a briefing chart also posted online, which said that nearly 8,300 employees would be out of NSPS by the end of the month.
John James, director of the NSPS transition office, said 7,000 employees will be transitioned back to the General Schedule by the end of April. That is behind the projections listed in a briefing chart also posted online, which said that nearly 8,300 employees would be out of NSPS by the end of the month. (Chris Maddaloni / Staff)

The Defense Department hopes to have nearly 47 percent of National Security Personnel System employees transitioned back to the General Schedule by the end of June.

The Pentagon had transferred 6,918 employees out of NSPS as of April 15, according to information posted online today. Most of those employees came from Defense Department agencies other than the uniformed service branches.

John James, director of the NSPS transition office, said 7,000 employees will be transitioned back to GS by the end of April. That is behind the projections listed in a briefing chart also posted online, which said that nearly 8,300 employees would be out of NSPS by the end of the month. NSPS had 226,000 employees at the beginning of the year.

But the greatest number of conversions are scheduled for the next two months. The briefing chart said that more than 50,700 employees will transition in May, and more than 44,100 employees will transition in June. More than half of those transitions will be Army employees.

All 169,500 employees slated to move into the General Schedule are expected to be out of NSPS by the end of September. The remaining 56,500 employees those who will return to alternative personnel systems such as the acquisition demonstration project and science and technology reinvention laboratories demonstration project, health care employees, and employees whose organizations are going through the Base Realignment and Closure process will transition in fiscal 2011.

James' office has also posted training courses online to teach supervisors about performance management, how to classify employees under the GS system, and a basic "GS 101" program.

The Pentagon also said qualifying NSPS employees received an average performance-based payout of 4.26 percent in January for the job they did during fiscal 2009. That represented an average 2.38 percent salary raise and a 1.88 percent bonus payout, and was in addition to the full 1.5 percent pay raise that GS employees received and a locality increase that averaged 0.5 percent.

Roughly 3,000 employees who were rated as "fair" or "unacceptable" also received the full GS raise and locality pay increase this year, but got no performance-based payout. Previously, unacceptable employees received no raise and fair employees received 60 percent of the GS raise, plus their full locality payment.

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