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1-1. Purpose

This document establishes policies, procedures and proponent responsibilities for the implementation of the Laboratory Personnel Management Demonstration Project, hereafter referred to as "the demo project" or "the project". It is to be used in conjunction with the references listed below, though some frequently used portions of the references have been included as appendices to assist managers in their day-to-day responsibilities. Also those provisions of reference 1-2.b. most relevant to day-to-day operations have been incorporated into the appropriate chapters and sections. Other personnel management laws and regulations which are not specifically waived by reference 1-2.b. nor addressed specifically herein remain applicable to employees in the demo project.

1-2. References:

  1. National Defense Authorization Act, Public Law 103-337, October 5, 1994.
  2. Federal Register Volume 63, No. 41, 3 March 1998.
  3. Title 5, United States Code (5 U.S.C.)
  4. Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations (5 C.F.R.)
  5. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Handbook of Occupational Groups and Series
  6. OPM Position Classification Standards
  7. DoD Directive 5500.7R, Standards of Conduct
  8. DoD 5000.52M, Acquisition Career Development Program
  9. Science and Technology (S&T) Reinvention Laboratory Policy 97-1, Classification, Recruitment and Pay Policy for Positions that Exceed GS-15 Classification Equivalency
  10. OPM Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions
  11. Army Regulation (AR) 672-20, Decorations, Awards and Honors Incentive Awards

1-3. Explanation of Terms

Special terms used are defined in the Glossary.

1-4. Project Coverage

The demonstration project includes MRDC appropriated funded civilian employees in the competitive and excepted service (to include non-citizens hired in the absence of qualified citizens) paid under the General Schedule (GS) pay system and DA Interns. Senior Executive Service (SES) employees, Scientific and Technical (ST) employees, Federal Wage System employees, employees presently covered by the Civilian Intelligence Personnel Management System (CIPMS), and employees on temporary appointments will not be covered in the demonstration project. Personnel added to the MRDC in like positions, either through appointment, promotion, reassignment, change to lower grade or where their functions and positions have been transferred into the MRDC, will be converted to the demonstration project.

1-5. Experimentation and Revision

Many aspects of a demonstration project are experimental. Modifications may be made from time to time as experience is gained, results are analyzed, and conclusions are reached on how the system is working. The MRDC will make minor modifications, such as changes in the occupational series in an occupational family without further notice. Major changes, such as a change in the number of occupational families, will be published in the Federal Register.