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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release

  No. 049-10
IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 20, 2010

New NSPS Transition Office Announced

The Department of Defense announced today the establishment of the National Security Personnel System Transition Office and the selection of John H. James Jr. as the director.

James will report to the deputy under secretary of defense for civilian personnel policy and lead the NSPSTO in managing the development of the plan to transition employees from NSPS to pre-NSPS personnel systems. The fiscal 2010 National Defense Authorization Act, Public Law 111-84, repealed authorities for and mandated the transition of NSPS employees to appropriate non-NSPS civilian personnel systems.

He will oversee the design and implementation of an enterprise-wide performance management system, hiring flexibilities, and a DoD Workforce Incentive Fund, authorities granted to the secretary of defense under NDAA 2010.

Department personnel are committed to proceeding deliberately and cautiously, without unnecessary delay, and with the least disruption to organizations, mission and workforce. Employees will not experience decrease in pay during the transition.

For more information, contact Maj. April Cunningham at 703-697-6727 or e-mail

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