Defense seeks input from civilian workers at HR site

The Defense Department has launched a Web site to inform civilian employees and solicit their comments about the new National Security Personnel System.

The human resources system, laid out in the fiscal 2004 Defense authorization bill, changes the way the department hires, pays, promotes, disciplines and fires civilian employees. The site shows employees how the system works.

'Change is difficult, and lack of information about coming change often leads to stress and anxiety and, unfortunately, misperceptions about what those changes mean,' said Brad Bunn, acting deputy program executive officer for the NSPS program executive office.

The National Security Personnel System gives managers more flexibility to move civilian workers promptly to where they are most needed and cut hiring time for new workers.

Bunn said the site includes a link for submitting comments about NSPS, which will go directly to the program executive office.

'We continuously monitor the input, and the ideas and comments we receive through the Web site will help us gauge what employees and other stakeholders are really concerned about,' he said.

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