Section 4: KEY POSITIONS

A. GENERAL

ACTEDS provides the framework for civilian career programs to identify "key positions." These senior positions have significant responsibility for the provision of legal services. Additionally, many of these positions carry significant supervisory responsibilities. The key positions identified in this ACTEDS plan include all Senior Executive Service (SES), Senior Level (SL), Defense Intelligence Senior Level (DISL) attorney positions, civilian attorney heads of legal offices and General Schedule (GS) -15 (or equivalent) level positions that require one or more of the following:

  • Subject matter expertise in a specific legal practice competency that places the incumbent at, or near, the top of the legal technical chain for that qualifying authority.
  • Responsibility for the effective delivery of legal services on matters with significant Army-wide impact.
  • Programmatic responsibility impacting the delivery of legal services across the qualifying authority.
B. KEY CP 56 SES/SL/DISL POSITIONS

All career SES/SL/DISL positions within CP 56 are "key." The SES/SL/DISL positions by technical chain are as follows:

  1. Office of General Counsel:
    • Deputy General Counsel (multiple)
    • Senior Advisor, National Security, Intelligence, and Information Law (DISL)
  2. Office of The Judge Advocate General:
    • Director, Civilian Personnel, Labor & Employment Law
    • Director, Soldier & Family Legal Services
    • Director, Civil Law & Litigation (SL)
    • Senior Intelligence Law & Information Operations Legal Advisor (DISL)
    • Special Assistant to the Staff Judge Advocate (Intelligence Law) (DISL)
  3. U.S. Army Materiel Command:
    • Command Counsel
    • Deputy Command Counsel
    • Chief Counsel, Major Subordinate Command (multiple)
  4. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:
    • Chief Counsel
    • Deputy Chief Counsel
C. OTHER KEY POSITIONS

All positions identified as key based solely upon legal duties are at the GS-15 equivalent level; recognizing that that these key positions are a subset of all GS-15 equivalent positions in the Army legal services. Although infrequent, some positions at lower than GS-15 equivalency may be identified as key due to significant managerial responsibility.

Key positions exist at all three command echelons. Those found at the installation/operation level generally are identified for their significant managerial responsibilities; whereas, the remaining two echelons contain both supervisory and non-supervisory attorney positions.

Annex A identifies the key positions existing at the time of plan publication. Force structure is dynamic and this matrix will be revised periodically to reflect the current operating environment.

D. PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION (PCS) ALLOWANCES

Due to the strategic importance of key positions, the gaining command should authorize PCS allowances. If PCS allowances are not authorized, the command should consider a relocation incentive, if applicable. For all other attorney positions, PCS allowances or relocation incentives are encouraged.