Civil Service Reform: Analysis of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2004 [Updated January 28, 2004]   [open pdf - 170KB]

"The National Defense Authorization Act for FY2004, H.R. 1588, passed the House of Representatives, amended, on May 22, 2003. Title XI of the bill included provisions on personnel management applicable government-wide and on a National Security Personnel System (NSPS) for the Department of Defense (DOD). The Senate version of the bill, S. 1050, as passed by the Senate, amended, on May 22, 2003, did not include the Title XI provisions. On June 4, 2003, the Senate struck all after the enacting clause and substituted the text of S. 1050 in H.R. 1588. The Senate then passed H.R. 1588, amended, by voice vote the same day. […] H.R. 1588, as passed by the Senate, included several personnel provisions not in the House-passed version of the bill or in S. 1166. […]. The Secretary and the Director are authorized to establish and adjust a labor relations system and are required to provide a written description of the proposed personnel system or any adjustments to such system to the labor organizations representing DOD employees. […] The Secretary is authorized to engage in any collaboration activities and collective bargaining at an organizational level above the level of exclusive recognition. The Secretary also is authorized to establish an appeals process that provides fair treatment for DOD employees covered by the NSPS."

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