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What is it?

The Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS), formerly known as the Civilian Intelligence Personnel Management System (CIPMS), is a Title 10 Excepted Service Human Capital System and is jointly managed by the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) (ASA (M&RA)), and Headquarter Department of the Army (HQDA), Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff (ODCS) G-2, Intelligence Personnel management Office (IPMO). DCIPS is an enterprise Intelligence Community (IC) personnel system that is a mission-focused and founded in Army policies that support employee performance, career development opportunities, awards and recognition. DCIPS offers Army Leadership the flexibility to hire employees across the IC and promotes a culture that is based upon employee performance.


DCIPS was authorized in the FY 1997 Intelligence Authorization Act, but the flexibilities it contained took on new urgency following the 11 September 2001 attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center. Both the 9/11 Commission and the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission reports that were prepared following 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq identified disparate personnel policies within the Intelligence Community as a contributing factor in the perpetuation of a culture that eschewed collaboration across organizational boundaries. Following from those reports, and separate Congressional hearings and investigations, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA) of 2004 was enacted, creating the Director of the national Intelligence, (DNI) and directing that the DNI issue personnel regulations that would support and reinforce the Act’s mandate to unify the IC were issued.

Since the creation of the DNI, the Defense Department and the Office of the DNI (ODNI) have worked collaboratively on the development of a common human capital policy framework that would support unification of the IC. The Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security (USD(I&S)) develops the DCIPS program within DoD and issues policy found in DoD Instruction (DoDI) 1400.25 Volumes 2001-2016. HQDA ODCS, G-2 IPMO manages the DCIPS program within Army and issues supplemental policy to the DoDI, as delegated by the ASA (M&RA).

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