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Air Force transitions from NSPS to GS

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Most Air Force civilians under the National Security Personnel System will convert to the General Schedule by the end of this fiscal year in support of the Department of Defense goal to convert out as quickly as possible. This conversion out of NSPS was mandated by the Fiscal 2010 National Defense Authorization Act.

Air Force NSPS employees will transition between July 4 and Sept. 12.
"For 45th Space Wing NSPS employees, the transition to GS will occur July 18," said Ms. Darlene Berger, NSPS Program Manager. "There will be some Medical Group positions that will not be transitioning to GS due to coverage by statutory and DOD exemptions. These will transition in 2011," said Ms. Berger.

Civilian employees transitioning to GS will have their positions classified and grade assigned according to GS classification rules. The grade and classification will be based upon responsibilities assigned by the supervisor and performed by the employee. Patrick NSPS employees will be notified of their GS position classification not later than July 4.

To assist civilian employees and supervisors in understanding the GS personnel and position classification system, the following three Web-based training modules are available at https://www.my.af.mil/afknprod/nsps-gs-trng: GS-101, Classifying Positions under GS, and Performance Management: A Tool to Achieve Results.

GS-101 gives an overview of the GS system, including its classification and pay structure. The DOD NSPS Transition Office website also contains helpful information regarding the transition from NSPS to GS at http://www.cpms.osd.mil/nsps/transition. Employees will not lose pay upon conversion. These general guidelines will be followed when determining an employee's pay. If the employee's current pay:

· Fits within the rate range of the appropriate grade to which the employee is assigned, then the employee will be placed at a step that equals or exceeds his or her existing pay.
· Is below the rate range for the appropriate GS grade to which the employee is assigned, then the employee will be placed on the first step of the GS grade upon conversion out.

· Is above the rate range for the appropriate GS grade to which the employee Air Force transitions from NSPS to GS is assigned, then the employee will be placed on pay retention to ensure he or she does not suffer any decrease in or loss of pay upon conversion.

Upon transition, employees must be placed in GS performance plans within 30 days of transition with an appraisal closeout of March 31, 2011.

As with NSPS, supervisors must ensure employees understand their job requirements and how their work aligns with and supports the Air Force mission.

"Supervisors and managers will be required to accomplish one final appraisal rating for their employees under NSPS", stated Mr. Gregg Kraver, the 45th Space Wing Executive Director, Wing Pay Pool Manager, and NSPS Performance Review Authority.

"Pay pool panels will convene one last time to review, reconcile and approve appraisals, which will be effective Oct. 15." The NSPS Program Office and the Civilian Personnel Office are working together to ensure that the transition continues smoothly while maintaining the 45th Space Wing mission with minimal disruption to the force.

"The consistent and equitable treatment of employees and transparency throughout this process is a high priority for the Wing and the Air Force", said Mr. Kraver.