The following information provides advance notice to our Civilian Intelligence Personnel Management System (CIPMS) workforce, and those who service them, of forthcoming Intelligence personnel system modifications.

Legislation passed in 1996 required incorporation of our personnel management system (CIPMS) into a new DoD-wide personnel system to be called the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). DCIPS employees will continue to belong to their respective components, but the new system will define a number of core policies applicable across the DoD Intelligence Community. Supporting personnel architectures in the Agencies and the Military Department Intelligence components will share many features and flexibilities.

Existing CIPMS policies and system flexibilities will continue to apply until such time as they are replaced by DCIPS regulations and related guidance, which will occur incrementally. We will use this site to keep you informed as we progress from initial conversion to full implementation of new DCIPS policies.

DCIPS Update 1 (Apr 00): As directed by the ASD(C3I) memorandum, dated 20 Jul 99, referenced above, initial DCIPS application continues current operations, but requires conversion to the new statutory appointing authority (10 USC 1601); and a change in pay plan for all General Schedule positions from GS to GG. We are now working with DoD and other Military Departments to modify the automated personnel systems to accomplish documentation of the following:

  1. Standard Form 50 (Notification of Personnel Action) for conversion to appointing authority 10 USC 1601; and simultaneously
  2. Change in pay plan for all General Schedule positions from GS to GG. (Other pay plans will remain unchanged at this time.)

A definitive date for conversion has not been set. Once automated personnel system modifications have been completed and we can anticipate a date for conversion, we will work with Army servicing personnel organizations to ensure that each of our CIPMS employees receives an individualized conversion notice prior to the effective date.

Continue to monitor this site for additional updates on forthcoming Intelligence personnel system modifications.

Frequently Asked Questions
(February 2000)

Q. Will all Army CIPMS employees convert to DCIPS?
A. Yes. Employees in positions that meet current CIPMS coverage criteria i.e., occupational, organizational, or discretionary coverage, will convert to DCIPS.

Q. Why are we changing to GG?
A. The General Schedule (GS) pay plan is specifically applicable only to the competitive service white-collar workforce subject to title 5 pay rules. When CIPMS was implemented in the three military departments in 1990 the GS pay plan was approved for use. In 1994, OPM determined that because DoD had independent pay setting authority for CIPMS employees, and was not subject to title 5 limitations, we should no longer use the GS pay plan. GG was recommended as a replacement because it is used Government-wide to identify grades similar to GS when the employing agency has such independent pay setting authority. Use of GG is consistent with other intelligence component practices. Therefore as we document the statutory change from 10 USC 1590 to 10 USC 1601, the pay plan GS will simultaneously change to GG. Other pay plans will not be affected at this time.

Q. What does GG mean?
A. OPM's Guide to Data Standards defines GG as "Grades similar to General Schedule".

Q. Will CIPMS employees lose eligibility for step increases, which they currently have under the GS schedule?
A. No. The conversion to GG does not affect current pay scales, pay increases, appointment tenure, position title, series, grade, duty station, benefits or other entitlements.

Q. How do I find out more about this conversion?
A. Visit this website often. It is here that the Intelligence Personnel Management Office will post additional DCIPS Updates and ongoing information about new system policies and practices.

If you would like an answer to your questions, send an email to Joyce Grignon at; (703) 601-1565 or 1589; DSN 329-1565 or 1589.