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    ARMY FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)As of 11 June 2007

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    SECTION---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Page #

    A. CONVERSION------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------2

    B. CLASSIFICATION------------------------------------------------------------------------------------10

    C. PAY/COMPENSATION------------------------------------------------------------------------------14

    D. LOCAL MARKET SUPPLEMENT (LMS)/COLA/OVERSEAS-----------------------------24

    E. PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT---------------------------------------------------------------32

    F. PAY POOLS--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------38

    G. STAFFING AND EMPLOYMENT-----------------------------------------------------------------43

    H. QUALIFICATIONS DETERMINATIONS--------------------------------------------------------48

    I. PROBATIONARY PERIODS------------------------------------------------------------------------50

    J. ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMPETITIVE EXAMINING PROCEDURES--------------52

    K. PROMOTIONS----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------56

    L. TEMPORARY PROMOTIONS---------------------------------------------------------------------60

    M. REASSIGNMENTS/DETAILS---------------------------------------------------------------------63

    N. WORKFORCE SHAPING (RIF)-------------------------------------------------------------------66

    O. LABOR--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------69

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    A. CONVERSION

    A-1Q: Employees on temporary promotions are to be returned to their permanentpositions prior to conversion. Immediately after conversion, the employees canbe returned to the former position and re-promoted/reassigned on a temporary

    basis and their salaries set at the same level they were before conversion (a one-time exception allowed for in DoD Issuance SC1911.4.6). Does this also apply ifthe action is later made permanent under NSPS?

    A: If the temporary action is then made permanent (i.e., the reassignment/promotiondoes not expire), the manager has the option of maintaining the employee's same payunder SC1911.4.6. Even though, the employee must compete for the placement actionto be made permanent, SC1911.4.6. still applies.

    A-2Q: Will a freeze be placed on submitting personnel actions for organizationsconverting to NSPS?

    A: Yes, all personnel actions must be submitted to the CPOC for processing 2 weeksprior to the conversion to NSPS. If a recruit/fill/placement action cannot be processedand effective prior to conversion to NSPS, the RPA will be processed following NSPSconversion and in accordance with NSPS regulatory requirements.

    A-3Q: When can employees who are on temporary promotions prior toconverting to NSPS be returned to their temporary promotions?

    A: Employees may be returned to the temporary position immediately after conversionto NSPS.

    A-4Q: Is an employee, who is on temporary reassignment at time of conversionand returned to a temporary reassignment after conversion, eligible for the 5%increase in salary?

    A: The one-time pay setting rule may be used to set the employee's base salary at thesame rate as before the conversion for an employee who is temporarily reassignedimmediately after conversion to the NSPS position he/she held on a temporary basisimmediately before conversion. For subsequent temporary reassignments, whetherfrom a non-NSPS position to an NSPS position or between positions within NSPS, anemployee may receive up to a 5% increase consistent with the NSPS regulatory

    requirements.

    A-5Q: Upon initial conversion to NSPS, will employees receive a local marketsupplement (LMS) instead of their current locality pay?

    A: Each employee converted into NSPS will have an adjusted salary--a base salaryand a local market supplement. However, the percentage value for some local market

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    supplements may be zero (e.g., for occupations and locations where locality paymentsor special rate supplements do not apply under the General Schedule).

    A-6Q: How will employees in the Acquisition Demonstration Project be convertedto NSPS?

    A: Acquisition demonstration project employees are placed in the career group and payschedule that correspond to the occupational code and pay band of their position usingTable SC1911-5 in DoD Manual 1400.25-M, SC1911.

    A-7Q: Why are Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) andDefense Intelligence Senior Executive Service (DISES) employees excluded fromNSPS?

    A: DCIPS employees are appointed and paid under authority of 10 U.S. Code, Chapter81. As a result, DCIPS is outside the scope of Title 5 in most areas covered by NSPS;

    DCIPS organizations are already excluded from coverage under Chapter 71 by E.O.12171 and the Director, NGAs determination under 10 U.S.C. 461.

    A-8Q: What happens to Veterans Recruitment Authority (VRA) employees uponconversion to NSPS?

    A: Individuals completing 2 years of satisfactory (substantially continuous) service atthe time of conversion will be converted to permanent (competitive) career status.Employees serving on VRA appointments with time remaining on the initial 2-yearperiod will be converted to permanent (excepted) career status and must satisfactorilycomplete 2 years of service. All time served under VRA appointments will count toward

    completion of the 2-year probationary period.

    A-9Q: How is the within-grade increase (WGI) buy-in computed for employeesconverting to NSPS?

    A: Employees (regardless of work schedule) who are at Step 9 or below and who havean acceptable performance rating will receive a prorated WGI adjustment. The WGIbuy-in will be calculated based on the length of time (calendar days) accumulatedtoward the next WGI. The WGI buy-in is added to the employees base salary andalong with the local market supplement is considered the NSPS adjusted base salary.The adjusted base salary is used in converting employees to NSPS.

    A-10Q: Will employees on special salary rates receive their WGI buy-in using thestep increment of the special salary table or the step increment of the basic pay(GS) salary table?

    A: The special salary rate table (step increment) is used.

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    A-11Q: What is the conversion process for converting positions where the grade-controlling work is not supervisory?

    A: Prior to conversion, supervisory positions should be reviewed to determine ifemployees are performing non-supervisory work which meets the criteria for a higher

    pay band. If the position meets the criteria, the employee will be converted to the payschedule and pay band with the highest maximum pay rate. The Defense CivilianPersonnel Data System (DCPDS) is programmed to automatically convert allsupervisory GS/GM positions into NSPS supervisory pay schedules/bands based on theoccupational code and guidance in DOD Manual 1400.25-M, SC 1911, Table SC 1911-1.

    A-12Q: How is the time computed for employees serving in temporaryappointments or term appointments upon conversion to NSPS?

    A: Temporary and term employees who convert to NSPS will be covered by the rules of

    their original appointing authorities and will continue to work under the originaltimeframe. There is no authority to extend their appointment to the time periodsauthorized by the new NSPS temporary/term authorities.

    A-13Q: Is there a remark on the Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) to informemployees on temporary or term positions that nothing has changed on theirappointment and NTE date?

    A: No, there is no special remark on the SF-50 advising term and temporaryemployees that the conditions and expiration of their appointments are not changing.

    A-14Q: Is an employee on LWOP excluded from the mass conversion processuntil he/she returns to duty OR is the employee on LWOP returned to duty andconverted as part of the mass conversion?

    A: Employees on LWOP at the time of mass conversion will be converted with theirorganization. The conversion and buy-in will be accomplished without returning theemployee to duty and any WGI buy-in will be calculated as of the date of conversion.

    A-15Q: Are civilian employees deployed to temporary positions overseas insupport of military operations excluded from conversion until they return to theirpermanent position?

    A: No, employees on temporary assignments will be converted with their organizationon their permanent position.

    A-16Q: Prior to conversion to NSPS, the position was advertised as GS and areferral list was issued to management but no selection was made beforeconversion. Can management still select from the referral list after the positionconverts to NSPS?

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    A: Yes.

    A-17Q: If "yes," will the tentatively selected employee be considered a voluntaryaccession to a NSPS position?

    A: Yes, if the employee accepts the position.

    A-18Q: Will the selectee be entitled to a WGI buy-in?

    A: No.

    A-19Q: OR will the selectee be able to negotiate a WIGI buy-in amount?

    A: The employee is not ent