Personnel System to Benefit All in DoD, Deputy Says
Department’s new civilian personnel system will create a
better environment for employees and will contribute to the
of the department, the deputy secretary of defense said in Baltimore.
Security Personnel System will be more responsive and agile
and will help DoD link organizations at low levels, Gordon
England said at the Office of Personnel Management Federal
need systems like this for the simple fact that we need to
attract the very best talent we can," England said. "So
we need a very responsive and modern personnel system so
we can attract people, and those people will have the ability
to perform to their highest potential."
requirement of every leader is to create an environment that
allows their employees to excel, England said, and that’s
what NSPS will do for government civilians. Creating a better
work environment will build a strong foundation for the overall
transformation DoD is going through, he said.
don’t believe you can transform an organization unless people
are comfortable that they are being treated with dignity
and respect," he said.
of DoD is important because the war on terror will be a long
war, and the country will need constancy in its military
and defense policies, even as leadership in the presidency
and Congress changes, England said. "Our job in the
Department of Defense is to make sure that whoever that is
– the president and Congress – that they have choices in
terms of the application of military power," he said.
of transformation is also a time of great threat and a time
requiring great leadership, England said. The war on terror
is fundamentally a war of will, he said, and every terrorist
attack is an attack against the American way of life.
is not a war of our choosing, but it’s also not a war that
we have an option whether we want to be in it or not," he
said. "This is a war of will; this is a war of purpose;
this is a war of commitment; this is a war of dedication."
remarks came a day after a federal judge blocked implementation
of NSPS, ruling that some of its provisions would fail to
protect civilian employees’ ability to bargain collectively.
Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said yesterday that DoD
officials are working with the Department of Justice to appeal
the court’s decision.