The Pentagon has posted updated statistics on the drawdown of the National Security Personnel System. As of Aug. 1, 110,313 NSPS employees have been returned to the General Schedule system. Of those, almost 80,000 have been bumped up to the next highest step and received pay raises averaging $1,450.
But more than 22,000 employees — 20 percent of those transferred — have been placed on retained pay status because they earn more than their GS grade’s step 10 allows. They will receive half of the normal GS pay raise each year until their grade catches up with their salaries.
The Pentagon expects to have more than 168,000 NSPS employees back on the GS system by the end of September. The remaining 56,000 or so employees will be put on other personnel systems in fiscal 2011.
Defense officials first estimated in December that roughly 4,000 employees would be put on pay retention. But if the current rate of pay retention continues, more than 45,000 employees could have their pay raises halved — some for years.