The purpose of the Department of Defense (DOD) Civilian Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration (AcqDemo) Project is to demonstrate flexible and responsive personnel system that enhances DOD's ability to attract, motivate and retain a high quality and professional acquisition workforce through improvements in the efficiency and effectiveness of the human resources management system. AcqDemo promotes the growth of all employees and provides managers the ability and authority to manage their workforce effectively through a more responsive and flexible personnel systems. Initiatives include but are not limited to the following:
- Simplified job classification that includes broad banding (also referred to as pay banding or grade banding)
- Enhanced recruitment & staffing approaches to include simplified accelerated hiring and modified appointment authority
- Voluntary Emeritus Program
- Contribution-Based Compensation Appraisal System (CCAS)
- Flexible Probationary Period
- Enhanced academic degree, certificate training and development programs
- Simplified, modified reduction-in-force procedures
The DOD Civilian Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project (AcqDemo) was implemented on February 7, 1999 (Federal Register Notice Vol 64, 1426, dated January 8, 1999). Title VI of the Civil Service Reform Act, title 5 United States Code (U.S.C.), section 4703, authorizes the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to conduct demonstration projects that experiment with new and different personnel management concepts to determine whether such changes in personnel policy or procedures would result in improved Federal personnel management. Section 4308 of National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 1996 (Public Law 104-106), as amended, by section 845 of NDAA for FY 1998 (P.L. 105-85), permits DOD with approval of OPM, to conduct a personnel demonstration project with its civilian acquisition workforce and those supporting personnel assigned to work directly with the acquisition workforce.
Legislation authorized the establishment of the National Security Personnel System (NSPS) under 5 U.S.C. 9902, as enacted by section 1101 of NDAA FY 2004 (P.L. 108-136), and eligible AcqDemo employees were converted into NSPS in 2006. 1113 of NDAA FY 2010 (P.L. 111-84), repealed NSPS and directed DOD to transition employees from NSPS to the personnel system that last applied or that would have applied if NSPS had never been established no later than January 1, 2012. In compliance with this legislative direction, approximately 14,000 employees were converted to the AcqDemo Project on May 22, 2011. Further, in January 7, 2011, the original authority provided by section 4308 of NDAA FY1998 above, was repealed and codified in section 1762 of title 10 U.S.C. pursuant to section 872 of Ike Skelton NDAA FY 2011 (P.L. 111-383) to include extending AcqDemo project through September 30, 2017.