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Letter to Senate opposing National Security Personnel System, which impacts our members working in DoD schools

July 24, 2007

Dear Senator:

On behalf of the National Education Association's 3.2 million members, including over 8,000 employees of the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), we would like to call your attention to a recent report from the General Accounting Office highlighting yet another serious problem regarding the National Security Personnel System (NSPS). 

Since the adoption of the NSPS, many problems have surfaced in connection with this Rumsfeld-era "reform." This latest GAO report (GAO-07-851, Human Capital: DOD Needs Better Internal Controls and Visibility over Costs for Implementing Its National Security Personnel System, July 16, 2007) provides further evidence of mismanagement, particularly the inability of the Department of Defense to track NSPS costs. The report's Executive Summary is attached. The full report is available at http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d07851.pdf

The NSPS is an affront to the men and women at DoD who work so hard to support our troops and safeguard our country every day. We urge you to keep in mind the findings of this GAO report, as well as the myriad of other problems reported with the system, when you review the NSPS.

We thank you for your attention to these important issues.

Sincerely,

Diane Shust, Director of Government Relations

Randall Moody, Manager of Federal Advocacy