UPDATE: The official release is now online here. Written comments should be sent to:
Defense Business Board
ATTN: Ms. Phyllis Ferguson
2521 South Clark Street, Room 650
Arlington, VA 22202
ORIGINAL POST: The three-man board reviewing the National Security Personnel System is about to formallyÂ announce its two-day schedule of public meetings. The second day — June 26 — will be devoted to hearing the thoughts of Defense Department employees and managers under the controversial pay-for-performance system.
Pentagon spokesman Les’ Melnyk just told me that the board wants anyone interested in testifying to write a letter — not an e-mail, not an online comment, but an old-fashionedÂ paper-and-envelope letter — with their thoughts, concerns and suggestions regarding NSPS. The board will pick the best-argued letters and invite their writers to the all-day meeting, which will be heldÂ in Arlington, Va. Melnyk said the review board will not accept electronic forms of communication because it doesn’t want to get spammed by multiple copies of form letters.
The board will consider all letters received before June 18. The first hearing, June 25, will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature experts who have previously testified before Congress, such as NSPS program executive officer Brad Bunn and representatives of the American Federation of Government Employees.
The review board is chaired by former deputy secretary of Defense Rudy deLeon. The other two members are Michael Bayer, chairman of the Defense Business Board, and Robert Tobias, an American University professor and former president of the National Treasury Employees Union.