June 4, 1999
MEMORANDUM FOR CPOCMA, CPAC'S, ARMY MANAGERS AND EMPLOYEES
SUBJECT: Standing Operating Procedures for Requesting Referral Lists and Registering in the Army Civilian Career Evaluation System (ACCES) For All Demonstration Projects
This Standing Operating Procedure sets forth instructions for demonstration project managers who want to request an ACCES referral list; and for demonstration project employees interested in ACCES registration.
A. Managers Recruiting for Demonstration Positions:
If the position is in a broadband level that does not encompass a career program mandatory referral grade, management does not need to request a referral list. If the position is in a broadband level that encompasses both mandatory and non-mandatory referral grades, management has two options:
(1) If management wishes to recruit only at a salary that is lower than the representative rate of the mandatory referral grade, there is no requirement to request an ACCES list. Local recruitment methods may be used. NOTE: In this case, management may not recruit at a rate of basic pay that equals or exceeds the representative rate of the mandatory referral grade.
(2) If the salary equals or exceeds the representative rate of the mandatory referral grade, management must request a referral list in accordance with career program procedures. When requesting a list, the CPAC/CPOC will enter the appropriate equivalent GS grade on the referral request. Management also has the option of using local recruitment methods in conjunction
with mandatory career program procedures in order to supplement the recruitment effort. Selections may be made from either source. NOTE: When using local recruitment methods, the minimum area of consideration will be DA-wide; the "best qualified" criteria used for both lists will be substantially equivalent; and the closing date for the local recruitment announcement will coincide with the Careerist Suspense Date located on the Army Civilian Career Evaluation System (ACCES) Referral Notification Letter.
B. Demonstration Employees Requesting Initial or Updating Current ACCES Registration.
Demonstration employees who wish to submit an initial or update their current registration in ACCES and be referred for Army positions at or above the mandatory referral level will have their eligibility determined IAW 5 CFR 300.605 and OPM qualification standards. Their current salary will be compared to the GS system using the Step 4 Rule.
The Step 4 Rule will be applied as follows: Demonstration project experience will be credited at the equivalent GS grade by comparing the candidate's rate of basic pay with the representative rate (as defined in 5 CFR 351.203.) The equivalent GS grade is determined by identifying the representative rate that equals the candidate's rate of basic pay.
When the candidate's rate of basic pay falls between the representative rates of two grades, it will be credited at the higher grade.
Since the Army area of consideration for ACCES is worldwide, the GS base salary schedule will be used when applying the Step 4 Rule.
A chart listing Demonstration Projects with Families/Career Paths and comparable GS Grades is enclosed.
Point of contact is Ms. Roxann Dent, (703) 325-9293 or DSN 221-9293; or dentr@(email address expired)
Enclosure (link to Paybands.pdf)
James M. Alward
Chief, Central Program
FUNCTIONAL CHIEF REPRESENTATIVE
CIVILIAN PERSONNEL OPERATIONS CENTER MANAGEMENT AGENCY
Deputy Director, Acquisition Career Management, ATTN: SARD-ZAC
(Pers Demo), Suite 10100, 2511 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA
Science & Technology Laboratory Personnel Management Demonstration Project Managers
U.S. Army Missile Research, Development & Engineering Center, ATTN:
AMSAM-RD, Redstone Arsenal, AL 35898-5000
U.S. Army Aviation Research, Development & Engineering Center, ATTN:
AMSAM-AR-Z, Redstone Arsenal, AL 35898-5000
U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command, ATTN: MCHD-CP, 810
Schreider Street, Suite 120, Ft. Detrick, MD 21702-5000
U.S. Army Research Laboratory, ATTN: AMSRL-D, 2800 Powder Mill Road,
Adelphi, MD 20783-1197
U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center, ATTN: CEWES-ZT-E, 3909 Halls Ferry Road, Vicksburg, MS 39180-6199
U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, ATTN: AMSEL-RD, Ft
Monmouth, NJ 07703
U.S. Army Tank-Automotive & Armaments Command, ATTN: AMSTA-RM-P,
Warren, MI 48397-5000.