Believe it or not, Pentagon officials say they plan to request union opinion about the “details of pay banding, staffing, performance management, and other aspects” of the new National Personnel Management System. Unions, you know, have filed suit against DOD on the NSPS rollout. (DR, 11/09/05) Pentagon officials say the NSPS is undergoing a 30-day Congressional notification period, ending in late November, after which it becomes effective. The “continuing collaboration” with the unions ends in January. After that, it’s off to the races for DOD employees. Well, we still have to find out the lawsuit outcome.
An Air Force C-17 transport jet recently tested a new technology that could help aviators stay on course even if the satellite-based Global Positioning System (GPS) that much of modern-day aviation relies on is compromised.