Lieutenant General John M. Le Moyne, the U. S. Army Deputy Chief of Staff G-1, formally inaugurated the U.S. Army Civilian Human Resources Agency (CHRA) on October 5, 2003.
The new agency is a result of the integration of the Civilian Training, Education and Development System; Civilian Personnel Field Activity; Civilian Personnel Advisory Centers; overseas Civilian Personnel Operations Centers; and the Civilian Personnel Operations Center Management Agency. CHRA is part of the Army leadership's vision to streamline headquarters, create more agile and responsive staffs, reduce layers of review and approval, focus on mission, and transform the Army. The establishment of the CHRA will enable the Army to enhance quality of service provided to its Civilian employees and support the Army's vision for transformation.
Mr. David Snyder, G-1, Civilian Personnel Policy Director, says "This change is another step in the evolution of our program that will allow us to better reach our goal of providing consistent quality and timely support to all customers."
As an agency under the G-1, CHRA is part of the Army's initiative to mold personnel functions into a corporate structure, enabling equitable, efficient, and effective management of Civilians worldwide. The Agency will manage all aspects of the human resources life-cycle for Civilians - from recruiting to retirement. CHRA will serve appropriated fund, nonappropriated fund, and local national Civilian employees.
Additionally, the Army CHRA is planned to become part of the U.S. Army Human Resources Command no earlier than 2005. The CHRA is headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.
(Carol Prater/(410) 306-1701 or DSN 458; E-mail: Carol.Prater@cpocma.army.mil
The Army Civilian Attitude Survey is now open to all appropriated and nonappropriated fund Army civilian employees and supervisors. Foreign National employees will be surveyed in about a month with a translated version. The survey does not cover military supervisors of civilians, National Guard Bureau (Title 32) civilians, or contractors. We will provide installation level results to commanders, who will be asked to provide feedback to the workforce and incorporate installation results in their strategic plans. The survey will be open until at least the end of October.
To take the survey now, click on http://cpol.army.mil/survey/dasurvey/. All survey responses are confidential and handled through a secure Army web site. Questions about the survey should be addressed to: armysurvey2003@(email address expired).
Murray Mack/(703) 325-8684 or DSN 221;
E-mail: Murray.Mack@(email address expired)
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has released the Draft Position Classification Standard for Fire Protection and Prevention Series GS-0081. The draft is posted to the OPM website at http://www.opm.gov/fedclass/0081/dgs0081.pdf.
The draft represents an updated standard rather than a complete revision of the previous standard.
The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs are the lead agencies for review and comment on the proposed standard. Since DoD is a lead agency, Army is required to test and provide comments to DoD. Army currently has approximately 1160 positions classified in the covered series.
All major Commands have been requested to utilize the knowledge of managers, subject matter experts, and employees in covered positions in reviewing the draft standard for review, comments, and potential impact on the current classification of these positions. All comments and reports must be submitted to the Policy and Program Development Division, Office of the Assistant G-1 for Civilian Personnel Policy, no later than October 29, 2003.
Questions regarding this review should be directed to Lois Richter.
(Lois Richter/(703) 325-1336 or DSN 221-1336: E-mail: Lois.Richter@(email address expired)
As a result of changes that took effect September 7, 2003, it is now possible to record telework hours for all types of working situations in the DoD's Time and Attendance (T&A) system. The information is reported in the (ENV/HAZ/OTH) field of the T&A system. The new codes are TW (Telework regular), TS (Telework Ad Hoc/Situational), and TM (Telework Medical). Situational telework can also be referred to as irregular telework. Telework hours are defined as follows:
TW - Telework Regular - an employee has been approved to telework at least one day per biweekly pay period at an alternative worksite (as defined by DoD);The Department of Army follows the telework policy and guidance issued by DoD. Information regarding the DoD telework program can be found at: http://www.cpms.osd.mil/fas/index.html.
TS - Ad Hoc/Situational - an employee has been approved to telework on an occasional, one-time, or irregular basis (telework of less than one day per pay period is considered ad hoc); and
TM - Telework Medical - an employee has been approved by his/her command to telework due to medical reasons.
(Deborah Esposito/(703) 325-9972 or DSN 221; E-mail: Deborah.Esposito@(email address expired)
Ms. Debby Labye retired on September 30. She bids a fond farewell to the many Army Civilian personnel professionals she has known during assignments at SHAPE and Mons, Belgium; Heidelberg, Germany; U.S. Army Pacific, Hawaii; San Antonio, Texas; and at the West CPOC in Arizona. Debby also worked in London for DoD Dependent Schools and in San Diego for the Navy. She is retiring from a special projects job at the Navy's CPOC in San Diego. Her retirement activities will include learning Spanish, doing work for the homeless, traveling with her husband of 32 years, Jean-Claude, and visiting her son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter in Phoenix.
Ms. Gwendolyn Caison, Human Resources (HR) Specialist, South Atlantic Division, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Atlanta, Georgia, transferred on October 5, 2003 to the Atlanta Office of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) where she will serve as a Supervisory HR Specialist, GS-201-14. Gwen began her HR career with OPM in June 1972. She transferred to the Corps of Engineers, South Atlantic Division, in October 1985. Her wealth of knowledge and experience will be missed.
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