New Pentagon HR system keeps records for workers worldwide

The Defense Department has finished its phased-in deployment of a new human resources system that has been in the works since October 1999.

The Defense Civilian Personnel Data System keeps the records of more than 800,000 civilian employees around the world. Transactions are handled by 50,000 Defense employees at more than 300 locations, officials said.

Human resources managers use the system for administering staffing and recruitment, performance management and awards, benefits and entitlements and for training management, Defense officials said.

Faster, sharper

'DCPDS increases the speed and accuracy of personnel transaction processing and provides management information to every level of the department,' Defense officials said in a written statement.

DCPDS interfaces with DOD's automated payroll system. It is part of the Regionalization and Systems Modernization Program and has more than 500,000 business rules, 490 database tables and 5,000 data elements.

The program will reduce expenses by standardizing processes and consolidating DOD civilian personnel services into one system, DOD officials said.

DCPDS replaces a flat-file legacy mainframe database and cost $196 million to develop and deploy. Lockheed Martin Corp. and Oracle Corp. are the lead contractors.

Lockheed Martin Systems Integration will operate and maintain the system through 2007, officials said.

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