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CIPS/IPMO UPDATE No. 2007-1                                       29 DECEMBER 2006

of Defense (Civilian Personnel Policy), requested all DoD components to encourage their civilian employees to “self-identify” their foreign language skills in the Defense Civilian Personnel Data System (DCPDS), also known as “My Biz.”  This will help DoD to more completely account for civilian employee foreign language capabilities.

To access the DCPDS/My Biz web site, go to Army Civilian Personnel Online at http://cpol.army.mil/index.html or http://cpol.army.mil and log in to the Employee Portal.  

Once logged in, click on the employee tab.

On the lower left side of the page (“Employee Data”), you can access My Biz.

Type in your “My Biz” username and password.  Then you will be able to access your personnel information and update your foreign language skill information.

(G-2 POCs are Dr. Rich Dunbar (Richard.Dunbar@us.army.mil; 703-695-1352 / DSN 225-1352) or Mr. Mark Getzin (Mark.Getzin@us.army.mil; 703-695-1384 / DSN 225-1384).

    B.  Enhanced Civilian Recruitment, Relocation, and Retention Incentives - Do they Apply to the DCIPS workforce? (Policy Interpretation)   This article is in response to numerous inquiries received as to the applicability of the enhanced Recruitment, Relocation, and Retention Incentives, authorized by OPM, to the DCIPS workforce.  

         1)  In response to the growing need for pay reform in the Federal Government, Congress enacted the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act of 1990 (FEPCA) that created Locality Pay, Recruitment and Relocation Bonuses and Retention Allowance authorities.  In November of 1991, OPM approved coverage of categories of non-General Schedule employees to come under the “3-Rs” authorities.  Within DOD this approval included employees appointed under enabling legislation for the National Security Agency (NSA), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and Civilian Intelligence Personnel Management System (CIPMS).  

Note:  The Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) formerly known as the Civilian Intelligence Personnel Management System (CIPMS) is an excepted service personnel management system jointly managed by the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel (ODCS, G-1) and the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence (ODCS, G-2).  Existing CIPMS policies and system flexibilities will continue to apply until such time as they are replaced by DCIPS regulations and related guidance, which will occur incrementally.  Until all references can be updated the terms CIPMS and DCIPS will be used interchangeably.

         2)  On May 10, 2005, OPM issued interim regulations to significantly enhance the recruitment, relocation and retention payment authorities that implemented section 101(a) of the Federal Workforce Flexibility Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-441, October 30, 2004) which provided agencies with the flexibility to use these authorities strategically to improve Federal Government’s ability to recruit and retain a high quality workforce.  In conjunction, OPM decided to approve those categories of employees that were previously approved for coverage under the former FEPCA 3R authorities for coverage under the new incentive authorities. The approved employee categories can be found at:  http://www.opm.gov/oca/

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