The Non-Traditional Personnel Programs (NTPP) Office is responsible for policy development and guidance concerning personnel management demonstration projects and experimental personnel programs. The Department’s Science and Technology Reinvention Laboratory (STRL) Personnel Management Demonstration (Demo) Projects comprise the largest program. It includes 15 personnel systems developed under title 5 United States Code, section 4703 and the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1995, Section 342(b) as amended. The STRL Demo Program covers approximately 51,000 of the nearly 73,000 employees in 58 of the 63 laboratory sites that comprise the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory Enterprise. In addition to the STRLs, other non-traditional personnel systems include the Department of Navy’s (DON) Alternative Personnel System (over 900 employees covered) and the Civilian Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project Program (over 15,000 employees covered).
The Office provides information, guidance, recommendations and strategic/technical consultation to senior DOD leadership, STRLs, other demonstration project or alternative personnel system organizations, and the DOD HR Community on the design, implementation, operation, evaluation, policy, guidance, and modification of these DOD personnel systems to ensure that these programs conform to statutory, regulatory, political, legal, and policy requirements. The Office develops information papers, briefings, charts, memos, and letters providing necessary information to support demonstration project initiatives and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Civilian Personnel Policy) policy decisions. The staff delivers briefings and presentations, and provides information to keep leadership apprised of related contentious and controversial issues, and provides strategies for their resolution. In addition, the staff represents the DOD position on demonstration project issues to OPM, Congressional staffers, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (WHOSTP) representatives, and other government groups through various forums such as working groups, interagency forums, and conferences to inform, support and defend CPP policy decisions.