U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) and U.S. Representative Mark S. Critz (PA-12) today urged the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to change the classification status of NDIC employees to enable them to fill positions available within the Department of Justice (DOJ).
The DOJ has committed to helping as many NDIC employees as possible to obtain employment within the agency, but many NDIC employees currently hold a classification status that would prevent them from being hired.
In a letter to OPM Director John Berry, the members wrote, "We respectfully request your assistance in ensuring that as many NDIC employees can obtain these jobs as possible, specifically by working with the Department to provide the appropriate classification."
The full text of the letter to OPM director John Berry is below:
Mr. John Berry
Office of Personnel Management
Dear Director Berry:
We write on behalf of the employees of the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC), an agency within the Department of Justice scheduled to close later this year. NDIC's employees possess many unique and valuable skills, and as a result the Justice Management Division has committed to helping these individuals obtain employment elsewhere within the Department. We respectfully request your assistance in ensuring that as many NDIC employees can obtain these jobs as possible, specifically by working with the Department to provide the appropriate classification.
We have been informed that many positions currently available within the Department of Justice require that employees be classified as competitive service, whereas many NDIC employees possess excepted service classification. Without this designation, NDIC's employees are currently barred from obtaining positions for which they are otherwise qualified for. It is our understanding that other federal agencies possess interchange agreements issued by the Office of Personnel Management, which permit excepted service employees to transfer to competitive service positions.
In order to retain these experienced Department employees and to minimize disruption for the affected employees and their families, we request that you and your staff expedite an interchange agreement for employees of NDIC. Thank you in advance for consideration of this urgent matter.
Robert P. Casey, Jr.
United States Senator
United States Senator
United States Congressman