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Communities of Practice

DCPAS provides enterprise leadership in human resources management. The organization develops and manages Human Resources (HR) programs, services, and functional system requirements for DoD. DCPAS also develops and recommends policy and provides guidance on all aspects of civilian personnel management. Each line of business has a policy, training, advisory, and operational role in support of the Services and DoD Components.

In supporting its mission, DCPAS supports and promotes multiple HR communities of practice. A Community of Practice (CoP) connects an area of shared interest and key issues (domain) with relationships built through discussion, activities, and learning (community) to forward a body of knowledge, methods, stories, and tools developed (practice). A CoP advances HR Functional Community's maturity as prescribed by the DoD Functional Community Maturity Model Assessment Tool, Leadership, and Governance pillars. The HR Functional Community Action Officer convenes the primary CoP Leaders monthly to synchronize HR Functional Community workforce planning and operations.

Roles and Responsibilities

Community of Practice Leaders provide an essential, critical link between HR Functional Community strategic planning and the training, education, and professional development execution for their respective technical areas. Community of Practice leaders advise on the state of the strategic environment, workforce and demographic diversity trends, competencies, competency assessments, and workforce climate gap analyses. This ensures workforce initiatives address both current and future missions in support of their respective technical area.

Overarching DCPAS Lines of Business (LOBS) and Respective Communities of Practice

Planning & Accountability

Workforce analysis and planning, Competency Development and Management; program accountability and assessment

Communities of Practice:

  • Strategic Workforce Planning
  • Accountability

Employment & Compensation

Recruitment, employment, and retention; Classification and compensation; Overseas and foreign national employment

Communities of Practice:

  • Recruiters Consortium
  • HR Classification
  • HR Staffing
  • Time to Hire Working Group
  • Priority Placement Program Advisory Council
  • Option Code Working Group
  • USA Staffing Working Groups: DoD Enhancement, DoD DHA/EHA, DoD Program Review

Benefits, Wage & NAF Policy

Benefits and Work-life balance; telework and wellness; Federal Wage System (AF & NAF) to include Special Rates, and NAF Policy

Communities of Practice

  • DoD Human Resources Employee Benefits Advisor (EBA)
  • DoD Injury Compensation Program Administrators (ICPA)
  • DoD Unemployment Compensation Program Administrators

Talent Development

Education, training, leadership & professional development, HR Functional Community

Communities of Practice:

  • Defense Chief Learning Officer Council
  • Coaching
  • HR Strategic Advisor

Labor & Employee Relations

Agency Head Review, National Consultation, National Security Exclusions, Bargaining Guidance, ER & LR Training, ER & LR Policy

Communities of Practice:

  • Labor Relations
  • Employee Relations

Enterprise Solutions and Integration

Functional HR information technology

Communities of Practice:

  • Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS)

Communities of Practice Technical Areas

Employee Benefits Advisor

Injury Compensation



Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Employee Relations

Labor Relations

Executive Services

HR Strategic Advisor

HR Information Systems

Talent Development

Strategic Workforce Planning