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Air Force: NSPS transition had its bumps

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The Defense Department has moved roughly 172,000 employees back into the General Schedule from the National Security Personnel System, but the transition had its share of rough patches. According to a Dec. 21 release from the Air Force Space Command — which had to quickly move 3,000 employees back go GS by Sept. 30 — some employees were placed in the wrong GS grades.

The Air Force primarily had problems matching grades and duties because officials used inaccurate or incomplete data. But the Air Force also was under the gun to act fast — employees were shifted in four phases between July and September, and most transitions took place Sept. 12 — which contributed to the errors.

“The rapid transition resulted in errors that may have been prevented had more time been given to accurately transition employees,” human resources specialist Siobhan Berry said in the release.

The Air Force has already fixed some mistakes, but must conduct more in-depth position reviews to correct others.

We’re looking further into this, but we’d also like to hear from our readers who have been switched out of NSPS. How did the process work for you? Were you placed in the wrong grade? Have they fixed any problems, or are you still waiting for your pay and grade to be straightened out?

E-mail me at slosey@federaltimes.com if you’d like to talk. If you’d prefer to speak anonymously, that’s OK too.

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  1. Susan See Says:
    January 1st, 2011 at 1:52 am

    This reminds me of the federal employees who were placed in the wrong retirement system and it took years to get it straightened out. Also, TSA, which has turned out to be a hot mess, is that way, in my opinion, because they were rushed (background checks weren’t even completed timely and then they ended up with felons working for the government) to have it in place in a totally unreasonable amount of time. I was originally in FERS when I should have been in CSRS-offset; I even had a federal attorney tell me I should be in FERS. It took two years of being persistent before I was finally switched. It is a much better system and I thought it was worth fighting for. What the heck is all the rush about? Only someone who is simple-minded would think it’s possible to do a good job with such a complicated issue and the experience/intelligence level of the people who had to implement it.

  2. Richard K Says:
    January 3rd, 2011 at 8:21 am

    I was a YC-1101-02 First-level Supervisor and am now a GS-1101-13 Supervisor. I view this as a downgrade without cause – since I have received outstanding performance reviews. I still have all of my job and supervisory responsibilities but at a lower grade with no growth opportunities. I am now called a “supervisory” GS-13, but I have no knowledge of this being a real position title and am wondering if this is just some scheme for the Air Force to save money at the employees expense. After the conversion, I now am not qualified for any Leadership training or educational opportunities. I am considering requesting a desk audit and would like to know if anyone else has been similarly effected.

  3. Justice Denied Says:
    January 3rd, 2011 at 9:11 am

    While I fully understand that need for a rapid transition, what I find appalling is the local classifers blatant disregard to try to understand anyones position prior to the transition. The attitude was “just do it and we will fix it later.” The problem is that getting these types of issues fixed is brutal. Since Sep 09 my supervisor had asked for a position review to correct an inaccurate series. I was told to file directly to OPM. Then the NSPS to GS occurred so I had to refile my appeal since my grade and series did not match my colleagues. Once again, I asked that they come to the table to discuss and I was told they didn’t have time..I was told to refile with OPM. I just find it ironic that the whole classification section found the time to upgrade all their positions upon conversion to GS, but they don’t have time for the people they are suppose to service. Nice.