Human Capital: Critical Skills and Competency Assessments Should Help Guide DOD Civilian Workforce Decisions
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DOD s civilian workforce develops policy, provides intelligence, manages finances, maintains weapon systems, and oversees and manages contracts, among other things. This workforce also performs a wide variety of duties and responsibilities, including mission-essential combat support functions, such as logistics support and maintenance, which traditionally have been performed by the uniformed military. A key component of this workforce also provides deployable civilian experts to Afghanistan and other theaters of operation. As such, DOD s total civilian workforce11 11DOD s total civilian workforce includes among others U.S. Direct Hire, direct funded civilian employees and foreign nationals. has reached approximately 800,000 FTEs, which constitutes approximately 17 percent growth since 2002, most of which has occurred since 2008. An FTE is the number of total hours worked divided by the maximum number of compensable hours in a work year. For example, if the work year is defined as 2,080 hours, then one worker occupying a paid full time job all year would consume one FTE. Two persons working for 1,040 hours each would consume one FTE between the two of them. See Figure 1 for DOD civilian workforce FTE trends for the total civilian workforce from fiscal year 2002 through fiscal year 2012.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies