The Defense Civilian Personnel Data System (DCPDS) is a computer supported system designed to improve the accuracy, responsiveness, and usefulness of data required for civilian personnel management within the Army and the Department of Defense.
In DCPDS, each civilian employee has a master record reflecting over 15,000 characters of data. The data base contains current, projected, and historical position and employee personnel management data, such as education level, work experience, current grade and step, awards history, projected training requirements and completed training, etc.
Work force analysis on a variety of topics can be provided to assist you in making sound, well-informed personnel management decisions. Examples of products that may be useful to you include, but are not limited to, performance ratings and awards distribution; discipline and adverse actions taken; EEO statistics; fill actions or separation actions taken and/or pending; current or projected retirement eligibles; employees on temporary appointments, details, and promotions; employees participating in formal training programs; employees with military recall status; etc.
The key to effective use of DCPDS is to know what you want, be selective, request the data in a format that is easy for you to comprehend, and be aware of the requirement to comply with the Privacy Act.