Most NSPS employees headed for full 2010 pay raise

Employees covered by the Pentagon's pay-for-performance system will receive the same base salary increase in January 2010 as their General Schedule counterparts, as long as their work is deemed acceptable, according to new orders from Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

"Given the ongoing leadership review of [the National Security Personnel System] and in consideration of recommendations made by the Defense Business Board in its recently published report on NSPS, the department leadership decided this was the most prudent course of action," the NSPS program office said in a fact sheet released with the decision.

Under the law that established the pay system, employees who are rated better than "unacceptable" -- the lowest possible mark - are entitled to at least 60 percent of the General Schedule raise. The Defense secretary has the authority to allocate the remaining 40 percent to pay pools, to be distributed based on employees' job performance. This is what happened for the 2009 raise.

But for 2010, employees performing at an acceptable level will receive the entire General Schedule raise. Exceptional workers will qualify for additional raises and bonuses, but those will have a separate funding stream.

Employees who are rated "unacceptable" were not entitled to that 60 percent raise in the past, and the new policy does not extend any new raises to them.

The three-person panel convened by the Defense Business Board to study NSPS criticized the pay pool system in its final report, released in August, saying the system was confusing and not sufficiently transparent. Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn and Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry are reviewing the board's findings.

Matt Biggs, legislative director for the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, one of the federal employee unions that has opposed NSPS, said he thought the Defense Department's decision was prompted by congressional amendments to the fiscal 2010 Defense authorization bill that threaten to abolish the pay system. Differences in the House and Senate versions of that provision have yet to be resolved in ongoing negotiations on the bill.

IFPTE President Gregory Junemann said the decision was a ploy to make NSPS look more employee-friendly. "Trying to fix NSPS is like mopping a dirt floor," he wrote in an e-mail to Defense Department officials and leaders of other unions.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
Close [ x ] More from GovExec

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Sponsored by Brocade

    Best of 2016 Federal Forum eBook

    Earlier this summer, Federal and tech industry leaders convened to talk security, machine learning, network modernization, DevOps, and much more at the 2016 Federal Forum. This eBook includes a useful summary highlighting the best content shared at the 2016 Federal Forum to help agencies modernize their network infrastructure.

  • Sponsored by CDW-G

    GBC Flash Poll Series: Merger & Acquisitions

    Download this GBC Flash Poll to learn more about federal perspectives on the impact of industry consolidation.

  • Sponsored by One Identity

    One Nation Under Guard: Securing User Identities Across State and Local Government

    In 2016, the government can expect even more sophisticated threats on the horizon, making it all the more imperative that agencies enforce proper identity and access management (IAM) practices. In order to better measure the current state of IAM at the state and local level, Government Business Council (GBC) conducted an in-depth research study of state and local employees.

  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    The Next Federal Evolution of Cloud

    This GBC report explains the evolution of cloud computing in federal government, and provides an outlook for the future of the cloud in government IT.

  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    A DevOps Roadmap for the Federal Government

    This GBC Report discusses how DevOps is steadily gaining traction among some of government's leading IT developers and agencies.

  • Sponsored by LTC Partners, administrators of the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

    Approaching the Brink of Federal Retirement

    Approximately 10,000 baby boomers are reaching retirement age per day, and a growing number of federal employees are preparing themselves for the next chapter of their lives. Learn how to tackle the challenges that today's workforce faces in laying the groundwork for a smooth and secure retirement.

  • Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Cyber Defense 101: Arming the Next Generation of Government Employees

    Read this issue brief to learn about the sector's most potent challenges in the new cyber landscape and how government organizations are building a robust, threat-aware infrastructure

  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    GBC Issue Brief: Cultivating Digital Services in the Federal Landscape

    Read this GBC issue brief to learn more about the current state of digital services in the government, and how key players are pushing enhancements towards a user-centric approach.

  • Sponsored by CDW-G

    Joint Enterprise Licensing Agreements

    Read this eBook to learn how defense agencies can achieve savings and efficiencies with an Enterprise Software Agreement.

  • Sponsored by Cloudera

    Government Forum Content Library

    Get all the essential resources needed for effective technology strategies in the federal landscape.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.