Human Capital: Improved Implementation of Safeguards and an Action Plan to Address Employee Concerns Could Increase Employee Acceptance of the National Security Personnel System, Statement of Brenda S. Farrell, Director Defense Capabilities and Management, Testimony before the Subcommittee on Readiness, Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, April 1, 2009 [open pdf - 434KB]
This Government Accountability Office (GAO) report discusses steps taken by the Department of Defense (DOD) to implement internal safeguards to ensure that National Security Personnel System (NSPS) is fair, effective, and credible. The DOD "is in the process of implementing its new human capital system for managing civilian personnel-the NSPS. Key components of NSPS include compensation, classification, and performance management. Implementation of NSPS could have far-reaching implications, not just for DOD, but for civil service reform across the federal government. As of February 2009, about 205,000 civilian employees were under NSPS. Based on GAO's prior work reviewing performance management in the public sector, GAO developed an initial list of safeguards that NSPS should include to ensure it is fair, effective, and credible. In 2008, Congress directed GAO to evaluate, among other things, the extent DOD implemented accountability mechanisms, including those in 5 U.S.C. section 9902(b)(7) and other internal safeguards in NSPS.
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