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By Phil Piemonte

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NSPS: 7,000 down, and 219,000 to go …

The National Security Personnel System Transition Office announced a few days ago that about 7,000 employees have moved out of the National Security Personnel System and into the General Schedule.

NSPSTO Director John H. James, Jr., said most NSPS employees, about 75 percent, will be transitioned into the GS by Sept. 30, more than a year ahead of the deadline set out in the Fiscal Year 2010 National Defense Authorization Act.

Remaining employees will move out of the system in FY 2011, James said, mostly to other personnel systems such as the Acquisition Demonstration Project, Science and Technology Reinvention Laboratories, and organizations going through Base Realignment and Closure. Dentists, physicians and other medical employees also will transition in FY 2011, James said.

Some employee groups have worried that the differences between NSPS and GS may produce a loss of pay or grade. If you’re one of the 7,000 back in GS, we’re sure that the folks who are still in NSPS would like to hear what your experience has been.

And so would we.

Posted by Phil Piemonte on May 03, 2010 at 12:13 PM


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Mon, Jan 17, 2011 Unhappy Confused

I was a GS-13, step 10 for 12 years before I left my installation due to the pending BRAC (base closure). I took a job at my new base as a YH-02 and was paid as a GS-13 step 10. The position I took, however, before it was converted to NSPS was a GS-09. I've done really well with NSPS and I'm currently being paid $12,000 above the GS-13 step 10. I hear now that when we convert back to GS in Jan 2011, I will go back to what the position was originally advertised as, a GS-09. Has anyone else experienced such madness? If this happens, will I retain my pay and if so, for how long? Also, if I try to apply for another position years from now, can I compete for a GS-14 since I will be a GS-09?

Mon, Jun 7, 2010 Re-imburst Now

I got transfer into a position in NSPS thinking I was getting fair pay for my GS 11 step 6 2210 pay with specialty pay. I was offered a Temp position starting as a GS-12 step 3 but declined it because I would loose my career status. Accepted the NSPS YC-02 thinking it was a good move but lost $10K to $14K. COnverting soon to GS equivalent will put me back to GS-12 stp 3. If the position would have been a GS-12 I would have converted from GS-11 step 6 plus 2 and over to the equivalent of a GS12 step 3 and ready for a step increase in 1 year (Total 6K increase over previous pay, not the < $800 plus pay increase + $566 bonus). Glad to be returning to GS.

Thu, Jun 3, 2010 No Mourning for NSPS Memphis

I recently converted back to GS from NSPS. When I took my present postion it was a YA-03. When it converted to GS I got a larger raise than I received in last year's pay pool - it converted to a GS-14 and even after last year's annual raise and performance increase I was nearly $4000 below Step 1 of the GS-14 scale.

Fri, May 21, 2010

I was brought in as a YC-02. I haven't gone through my first pay pool yet (my year is up in Aug... missed the first round and may be missing the full first year of performance pay). In light of this changeover, I think OPM needs to drop some rules then... (such as the required 52 weeks in the position) so we can take care of ourselves and get promoted out of this situation.

Thu, May 20, 2010

I am one of the group that is soon to be out of NSPS and quite frankly, once the initial shock of NSPS was over, I was comfortable in NSPS. I did not receive huge increases but I was happy for what I received. When I converted to NSPS, I was a GS-12; I lateraled to another location (same pay band of YC-02) and will now be GS-11 because the previous PD was a GS-11 (I did not know this when I lateraled). BLUF: I am now on save pay forever, unless I move to another GS-12. The irony to me is NO ONE in the Union was converted to NSPS; but they worked day and night to get it overturned. So, where are they now when we need them? Sorry, you are part of the evil management machine and we don't represent you. Thanks AFGE for looking out for yourselves. Oh, by the way, I would love to see Congress under a pay for performance system. Now THAT would be interesting..


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