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Gates Ditches DoD Intelligence Pay for Performance

DoD Secretary Robert Gates has jettisoned the pay-for-performance elements of the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System, the department announced on Aug. 5.

DoD Secretary Robert Gates has jettisoned the pay-for-performance elements of the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System, the department announced on Aug. 5.

Those employees now paid under DCIPS will be converted to a General Schedule-type pay system, much like what is happening to the employees under the discontinued National Security Personnel System. DCIPS is DoD’s common personnel system for the 50,000 employees of its nine Defense intelligence components.

Gates said he would not implement pay-for-performance elements of DCIPS—other than for employees of National Geospatial Intelligence Agency—after consulting with lawmakers and reviewing a National Academy of Public Administration report on the system. The NAPA report, released in June, found faults with DoD efforts to deploy DCIPS, but endorsed the design of the system and recommended a number of actions to would improve chances of a successful implementation.

Although base pay increases will be aligned to a GS-like grade structure, DoD said, employees can still earn bonuses through superior performance.
 
“The heart of the DCIPS program will stay intact, including the occupational structure, common performance management system and bonuses tied to performance,” said James Clapper, Jr.,
under secretary of defense for intelligence. “Implementation of the pay-for-performance provisions of DCIPS would be challenging under any circumstance.”

To see more, go to: http://dcips.dtic.mil.

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