Career Program Referral for CP-35

Interim Guidance [December 1998]

The Defense Intelligence Special Career Automated System (DISCAS) has ceased operation. DISCAS had been the automated career referral system for Career Program 35, Intelligence and is a great loss to both employee and manager. Staff of the Intelligence Personnel Management Office (IPMO) continues to consider near- and mid-term solutions for recruitment of intelligence skills and welcomes ideas and input. We will work long-term solutions with the Office, Secretary of Defense (OSD) as we continue to develop the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Progress will be reported here as guidance is developed.

Sources for Job Vacancy Information Interim guidance that addresses the immediate need of Army careerists seeking employment
Sources When Seeking Qualified Applicants Interim guidance that addresses the immediate need of Army supervisors, managers and personnelists when searching for qualified applicants
Special Referral Procedures Guidance on competitive recruitment of GS-14 and 15 positions in CP-35, and addressing 180-Day Waivers

Direct comments and recommendations to Diane Falsone at commercial (703) 601-1568; DSN 329-1568 .

Army Careerists - Where can I find job vacancies? There are three main automated sources of job vacancy information.

  1. CIPMS vacancy announcements are posted on the CPOL website. (Go to the CPOL website at, click on Employment Opportunities and then Click on Army's Vacancy Announcements. Search by geographic region, series, grade, vacancy announcement number, etc.)
  2. Many of Army's Intelligence and Security vacancies are also listed on the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM's) jobs listing along with some of the Intelligence and Security related vacancies from other Agencies. (OPM's listing is also found at CPOL under Employment Opportunities then click on Government-wide Vacancy Announcements [USA JOBS])
  3. The Defense Intelligence Agency maintains an Internet WebPage with hyperlinks for most Intelligence Agencies and Services containing job vacancy information. (The DIA website can be accessed through CPOL. Click on Employment Opportunities, then click on Intelligence Community Employment Opportunities. From there you may click on the Agency or Service desired for more information [Except Army - it will just take you back to CPOL's first page]). Each Agency and Service structures their websites differently and have different application procedures. Some are much more user friendly than others. Perseverance will be required. Assistance from careerists and managers is sought in finding new sites or clarifying instructions for existing sites.

Army Supervisors and Personnelists - Where can I find applicants? Vacancy announcements generated by Army Civilian Personnel Operations Centers that are posted on, Employment Opportunities, under Army's Vacancy Announcements and/or Governmentwide Vacancy Announcements (USA JOBS), will now be the primary sources to attract applicants. Personnelists in servicing Civilian Personnel Advisory Centers should be sought for advice on areas of consideration/type of candidates that will be considered, length of time the vacancy announcement should remain open, appropriate recruitment incentives, etc. Managers should also ensure that soft and/or hard copies of vacancy announcements are sent directly to targeted organizations when it is appropriate to either increase the number of minorities, females or individuals with disabilities or the numbers of applicants from competing federal agencies and private sector companies. This may frequently require Army's intelligence and security organizations to perform the actual mailings as well as help determine the appropriate organizations and addresses. The IPMO has made available the addresses it uses for recruiting positions above GS-15 to assist with targeted recruitment efforts.

Special Referral Procedures

  1. Special procedures are required for the competitive fill of GS-14 and 15 positions in CP-35. The Functional Chief (FC) has delegated authority to General Officer, and Senior Intelligence Executive Service officials in Major Army Commands, to ensure all appropriate actions are taken when competitively filling GS-15 positions. This will ensure equitable treatment for minority, female and disabled applicants. The FC similarly delegated authority to Senior Intelligence Officers (SIOs) for GS-14 positions. DISCAS had been required as one recruitment source. ALL SOURCE areas of consideration and use of OPMs USA Jobs will now have to substitute. Generally, announcements should be opened for 30 calendar days. Targeted recruitment (directed mailing of vacancy announcements) to appropriate competing federal agencies and private sector companies is also recommended along with mailings to organizations that can assist with Affirmative Action.
  2. 180 Day Waivers. An ALL SOURCE area of consideration and use of both Army's Vacancy Announcement website on CPOL (, and OPM's USA Jobs website should be used to advertise vacancies for those positions where it is likely that a selection will be made of a retired or retiring military member that will require HQDA approval to be hired within 180 days of retirement. Generally, announcements should be opened for 30 calendar days. Additional targeted recruitment may also be appropriate.


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