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DCIPS Transition

Transition Milestones
  • 3 August 2010 - The Secretary of Defense made the decision to transition all Defense Intelligence employees currently in DCIPS pay bands, with the exception of those at NGA, to DCIPS Grades
  • February 2011 - USD(I) published the DCIPS Change Management Plan [02/2011]
  • March 2011 - USD(I) published DCIPS Transition Guidance [03/2011]
  • 5 July 2011 - ASA(M&RA) announced that all Army civilians covered by DCIPS will transition from DCIPS pay bands to DCIPS grades on 25 March 2012
  • 30 September 2011 - Publication of the Total Army Comprehensive Transition Plan [updated 2/24/2012] - The plan includes the following appendices:
    • Army DCIPS Strategic Change Management and Communications Plan
    • Army DCIPS Policy Process
    • Army DCIPS Transition Technical Guidance
    • Army DCIPS Readiness Schedule
  • 6 February 2012 - Publication of Employment and Placement Processing During DCIPS Transition Fact Sheet
  • 9 February 2012 - Publication of Appendix E, Army DCIPS Training Plan for Transition [03/2011]
  • NLT 9 March 2012 - Army DCIPS employee notification of grade, current base salary, and current adjusted salary
  • 25 March 2012 - Army Intelligence transitions from DCIPS pay bands to DCIPS grades
FAQs/Information Communications - Transition Manager Tool Kit
DCIPS Transition Training


The Army converted to pay bands on 19 July 2009. While policies, guidance and training were made available to Army DCIPS employees, there were concerns about the quality, quantity and consistency of training and messaging, often varying by instructor, command and/or geographic location.

In January 2010, the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) was engaged to conduct a review of DCIPS. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (NDAA FY2010) directed the review and at the same time suspended certain pay authorities, including the base‐pay setting portions related to performance until 31 December 2010. The NAPA report (link available at was delivered in June 2010 and found that the design of DCIPS was fundamentally sound but implementation had been flawed. It addressed in detail DCIPS design, implementation and impact, and made 25 recommendations.

On 3 August 2010, the SECDEF informed Congress that he had considered the NAPA findings and recommendations and would implement several of them, but that he would not accept their recommendation to move forward with implementation of the DCIPS policies linking employee base pay increases to performance in the Defense Intelligence Enterprise (except within the National Geospatial‐Intelligence Agency that had been operating under pay for performance for over a decade). As a result, the Army which had converted to the DCIPS a pay banded structure, would need to transition to a General Schedule–like grade structure overlaid onto the DCIPS policy framework. In his accompanying action plan, the SECDEF directed the implementation of the following NAPA recommendations:
  • Complete and disseminate all DCIPS governing policies in the context of his decision.
  • Prepare and publish a comprehensive change management plan.
  • Establish a Program Office within the office of the USD(I) (OUSD(I)) with overall responsibility for implementation of DCIPS within the Department of Defense.
  • Address performance management.
  • Conduct and assess equity analysis.
  • Provide regularized oversight and reporting.

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