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1426Federal Register / Vol. 64, No. 5 / Friday, January 8, 1999 / Notices

OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

Civilian Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project; Department of Defense (DoD)

AGENCY:  Office of Personnel Management.

ACTION:  Notice of approval of a demonstration project final plan.

SUMMARY:  Title VI of the Civil Service Reform Act, title 5 U.S.C. 4703, authorizes the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to conduct demonstration projects that experiment with new and different personnel management concepts to determine whether such changes in personnel policy or procedures would result in improved Federal personnel management.

Section 4308 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996 (Pub.L. 104-106; 10 U.S.C.A. § 1701 note), as amended by section 845 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998 (Pub.L. 105-85), permits the Department of Defense (DoD), with the approval of OPM, to conduct a personnel demonstration project within the Department’s civilian acquisition workforce and those supporting personnel assigned to work directly with the acquisition workforce.  This demonstration project covers the civilian acquisition workforce and teams of personnel, more than half of which consist of members of the acquisition workforce and the remainder of which consist of supporting personnel assigned to work directly with the acquisition workforce, throughout DoD.  The total number of participants is limited to 95,000.

DATES:  Implementation of this demonstration project will begin by February 9, 1999, or earlier.  Participating organizations will be phased into the project in accordance with the timetable approved by DoD and OPM in the project’s implementation plan.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

DoD:  Richard M. Childress, Civilian Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration, 5203 Leesburg Pike, Suite 1404, Falls Church, VA 22041, 703-681-6682.  OPM:  Gail W. Redd, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW, Room 7460, Washington, DC 20415, 202-606-1521.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

1.

Background

Title VI of the Civil Service Reform Act, 5 U. S. C.  4703, authorizes the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to conduct demonstration projects that experiment with new and different personnel management concepts to determine whether such changes in personnel policy or procedures would result in improved Federal personnel management.

Section 4308 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996 (Pub. L. 104-106; 10 U.S.C.A. §1701 note), as amended by section 845 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998 (Pub. L. 105-85), permits DoD, with the approval of OPM, to conduct a personnel demonstration project within the Department’s civilian acquisition workforce and those supporting personnel assigned to work directly with the acquisition workforce.  This demonstration project covers the civilian acquisition workforce and teams of personnel, more than half of which consist of members of the acquisition workforce and the remainder of which consist of supporting personnel assigned to work directly with the acquisition workforce, throughout DoD.  The Civilian Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project is designed to provide an encouraging environment that promotes the growth of all employees and to improve the local acquisition managers’ ability and authority to manage the acquisition workforce effectively.  This demonstration involves streamlined hiring processes, broadbanding, simplified job classification, a contribution-based compensation and appraisal system, revised reduction-in-force procedures, expanded training opportunities, and sabbaticals.

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