NSPS Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we need the National Security Personnel System?

● We need a flexible civilian management system that appropriately recognizes and rewards our employees’ performance and the contributions they make to achieving DoD’s mission.
● It is one of many tools we can use to attract and retain valued employees
● It accelerates the Department’s efforts to create a Total Force (military, civilian personnel, Reserve, Guard, and contractors), operating as one cohesive unit.

What advantages does it offer me?

NSPS offers you:
● Recognition and rewards based on your contributions
● The ability to take ownership of your performance and success by being proactively engaged in writing your own job objectives
● The opportunity for open communication and increased dialogue with your supervisor
● The opportunity to develop broader skills allowing you the ability to advance in pay bands

When does my organization convert into NSPS?

● You can learn when your organization is coming under NSPS by contacting your servicing Human Resources office, or you can view a list of organizations included in the next conversion (Spiral 2.2) on the NSPS Spiral Implementation page,. As DoD phases-in organizations, the list is updated.
● DoD laboratories are scheduled to move under NSPS after 1 October 2011.

Who is covered by NSPS?

● The vast majority of civilian employees are eligible for coverage except for wage grade employees, intelligence personnel and employees of the Defense Laboratories listed in the NSPS law.
● To learn more about exclusions, view the table (“Summary of Non-General Schedule Coverage Eligibility”) on pages 17 and 18 of the Federal Register PDF file (pages 66131 and 66132 in the published hard copy). To access the Federal Register, Click Here.

When will NSPS be fully implemented?

NSPS is designed to bring organizations under NSPS in a planned and deliberate manner to allow ample time for training, program evaluation, and refinement. By spring 2008, approximately 185,000 employees will be covered by NSPS with the remaining eligible employees entering within five to 10 years.

Are wage grade employees covered by NSPS?

● No. Federal Wage System (FWS) employees are not covered under NSPS.

What criteria are used to classify a position as supervisory under NSPS?

An individual must supervise more than one employee and perform the duties of an immediate supervisor including:
● Assigning work to subordinates based on priorities, difficulty of assignments, and employee capabilities
● Providing technical oversight
● Developing performance plans and rating employees (or recommending such actions)
● Interviewing candidates for subordinate positions and recommending hiring, promotions, or reassignments
● Taking disciplinary measures, such as warnings or reprimands (or recommending such actions)
● Identifying development and training needs of employees and providing and/or arranging for needed development and training
● Supervised employees may include civilian employees, military members, uniformed service employees, volunteers, or other non-contractor personnel. Positions with oversight responsibilities over contractors only do not meet the supervisory definition.

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