Federal Register / Vol. 64, No. 5 / Friday, January 8, 1999 / Notices
In conjunction with the education, training, and career development assets of the Military Services and DoD Agencies, the demonstration project team will train, orient, and keep informed all supervisors and employees covered by the demonstration project and administrative staff responsible for implementing and administering the human resource program changes.
The focus of this project on management-centered personnel administration, with increased supervisory and managerial personnel management authority and accountability, demands thorough training of supervisors and managers in the knowledge and skills that will prepare them for their new responsibilities. Training will include detailed information on the policies and procedures of the demonstration project, as well as skills training in using the classification system, position requirements document, and contribution evaluation software.
B. Administrative Staff
The administrative staff, general personnel specialists, technicians, and administrative officers will play a key role in advising, training, and coaching supervisors and employees in implementing the demonstration project. This staff will receive training in the procedural and technical aspects of the project.
In the months prior to implementation, the demonstration project team and Military Service and DoD Agency training and career development offices will provide all employees covered under the demonstration project training through various media. This training is intended to fully inform all affected employees of all significant project decisions, procedures, and processes.
A. Conversion to the Demonstration Project
Initial entry into the demonstration project for covered employees will be accomplished through a full employee-protection approach that ensures each employee’s initial placement into a broadband level without loss of pay. Automatic conversion from the permanent GS grade and step of record at time of conversion into the new broadband system will be accomplished. Adjustments to the employee’s base salary for step increase and non-competitive career ladder promotion will be computed based on the current value of the step or promotion increase and a prorated share based upon the number of weeks an employee has completed towards the next higher step or grade, per paragraph VIII A. This conversion process, i.e. “buy-in,” is applicable to employees only at the initial entry of their organization into the demonstration project in accordance with their approved implementation plan.
Special salary rates will no longer be applicable to demonstration project employees. Employees on special salary rates at the time of conversion will receive a new basic rate of pay computed by dividing their highest adjusted rate of basic pay (i.e., special pay rate, or if higher, the locality rate) by the locality pay factor for their area. All employees will be eligible for the future locality pay increases of their geographic area. When conversion into the demonstration project is accompanied by a simultaneous geographic move, the employee’s GS pay entitlements (including any locality or special rate) in the new area will be determined before converting the employee’s pay to the demonstration project pay system. A full locality adjustment will then be added to the new basic pay rate.
Adverse action and pay retention provisions will not apply to the conversion process, as there will be no change in total salary. If the employee’s rate of basic pay exceeds the maximum rate of basic pay for the broadband level corresponding to the employee’s GS grade, the employee will remain at that broadband level and will receive a retained rate. Employees who enter the demonstration project later by lateral reassignment or transfer will enter at their current basic pay with no loss or gain due to transfer, and will not receive the “buy-in” applied during the initial conversion process of their organization into the