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Congress again suspends intel pay system; OMB objects

May. 27, 2010 - 06:00AM   |  
By STEPHEN LOSEY   |   Comments
Defense Secretary Robert Gates must tell Congress by Aug. 1 what he will do to fix the pay-for-performance system for intelligence employees. (AFP)

The White House today objected to Congress' move to extend the suspension of a controversial pay-for-performance system for intelligence employees.

Congress last year suspended the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System for most intelligence employees through the end of December, and ordered a review of the system. But HR 5136, the 2011 Defense Authorization Act, would extend that suspension through the end of December 2011.

In a Statement of Administration Policy, the White House said that an extended freeze "negates the purpose of conducting an independent review of DCIPS" and would stand in the way of the Pentagon and intelligence agencies' efforts to fix the system. The National Academy of Public Administration will deliver its final report to Congress in early June, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates must tell Congress by Aug. 1 what he will do to fix the system.

The NAPA report is expected to conclude that DCIPS' design is largely sound, but that its implementation was flawed and rushed. The report will likely recommend DCIPS only be continued for managers and supervisors in its first year after being revived.

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