DCIPS replaces CIPMS. Until all references can be updated, both terms may appear and are considered interchangeable.
The Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) is exempt from the Classification Act of 1949, applicable to Title 5. DCIPS classification is based on a five-factor Primary Grading Standard (PGS) which, for certain types of work, is supplemented by Army Occupation Guides (AOG). Part 2 of the PGS is used to classify non-supervisory work and Part 3 is used to classify supervisory positions.
OPM classification guides and standards are used to determine the title and series of DCIPS GG (white collar) positions that are not specifically covered by an AOG. The grade level of such positions is determined by application of the PGS, Part 2 or Part 3, as applicable.
All DCIPS Federal Wage System positions, e.g., Wage Grade (WG), Wage Leader (WL), and Wage Supervisor (WS), are classified (determining the title/series/grade), using the appropriate OPM standards for the type of work performed.