About Us

Our Agency


The Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service (DCPAS) develops, implements, and monitors Department of Defense (DoD) civilian human resources (HR) policies and programs across the world. We provide leadership. We consult and train. We ensure HR practices align to and support current policy. We develop tools and cross-functional programs to support efficient and innovative component operations and workforce development. We provide solutions and strategies that bridge the gap between policy, process, and technology to increase operational effectiveness and strengthen mission readiness.

Our History


Established in 1993, the Defense Civilian Personnel Management Service (CPMS), the predecessor to DCPAS, provided policy support, functional information management and civilian personnel administrative services to DoD Components, and their activities. Throughout the 1990’s, CPMS used technology, innovation and process improvement models to remove layers of bureaucracy and streamline human resources operations. The CPMS team eliminated redundant automated personnel systems and closed many stand-alone civilian personnel offices. In 1995, to provide immediate support to more than 12,500 HR specialists worldwide, a fully automated system (FAS) became operational and re-engineered personnel processes. The modernized Defense Civilian Personnel Data System achieved full operating capability in 2002. In 2011, CPMS chose to change its name to the Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service and to realign the organization into HR Lines of Business. The new structure clarified roles and responsibilities and improved effectiveness by focusing on customer support and providing timely and appropriate advice. Today, DCPAS continues to operate within HR Lines of Business and we remain lazar focused on customer support while providing innovative and fiscally responsible civilian personnel policies and solutions.

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