Shea-Porter Amendment to Protect Defense Workforce Passes Unanimously

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House Armed Services Committee adopted Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter’s amendment to protect the Department of Defense (DoD) civilian workforce by prohibiting new hires from being placed in the National Security Personnel System (NSPS). It will also prohibit reclassifications of positions to NSPS and would require the DoD to transfer employees back from NSPS to their previous system. The Shea-Porter amendment was added to the FY 2010 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) after passing in the Committee unanimously. The Committee is expected to approve the NDAA later tonight.


“NSPS has been a failure,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “The majority of employees in NSPS prefer the prior system, and numerous studies have shown that the implementation of NSPS has been plagued by inequities in how employees are compensated and rated. My amendment will prevent additional employees from being added to the system, and will move current NSPS employees back to the General Schedule within 12 months. I am pleased that my amendment was included in this defense bill and that additional employees will not be subjected to this flawed system.”


Shea-Porter’s amendment will:


  • restore full nationwide adjustment to those federal employees working under NSPS (which is currently 60% vs.100% for GS);
  • prohibit new hires from being put into NSPS;
  • prohibit any reclassification of positions to NSPS as of June 16, 2009 (DoD has suspended conversion of current DoD employees from GS into NSPS but is continuing to place new employees into NSPS), and
  • mandate that within one year of enactment the Secretary of Defense shall convert all NSPS employees back to the General Schedule.


NSPS is a pay-for-performance system that is contentious because many of the employees that fall under its jurisdiction do not believe that the system rates and compensates them fairly for their job performance. Congresswoman Shea-Porter’s amendment addresses these concerns by prohibiting new hires from being put into the National Security Personnel System (NSPS), and it prohibits reclassifications of positions to NSPS.