Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009/Division A/Title XI

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== TITLE XI — CIVILIAN PERSONNEL MATTERS ==

SEC. 1101. AUTHORITY TO WAIVE ANNUAL LIMITATION ON PREMIUM PAY AND AGGREGATE LIMITATION ON PAY FOR FEDERAL CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES WORKING OVERSEAS.[edit]

(a) Waiver Authority- During calendar year 2009, and notwithstanding section 5547 of title 5, United States Code, the head of an Executive agency may waive the premium pay limitations established in that section up to the annual rate of salary payable to the Vice President under section 104 of title 3, United States Code, for an employee who performs work while in an overseas location that is in the area of responsibility of the Commander of the United States Central Command, or an overseas location that was formerly in the area of responsibility of the Commander of the United States Central Command but has been moved to the area of responsibility of the Commander of the United States Africa Command, in direct support of, or directly related to--
(1) a military operation, including a contingency operation; or
(2) an operation in response to a national emergency declared by the President.
(b) Applicability of Aggregate Limitation on Pay- Section 5307 of title 5, United States Code, shall not apply to any employee in any calendar year in which that employee is granted a waiver under subsection (a).
(c) Additional Pay Not Considered Basic Pay- To the extent that a waiver under subsection (a) results in payment of additional premium pay of a type that is normally creditable as basic pay for retirement or any other purpose, such additional pay shall not be considered to be basic pay for any purpose, nor shall it be used in computing a lump-sum payment for accumulated and accrued annual leave under section 5551 of title 5, United States Code.
(d) Regulations- The Director of the Office of Personnel Management may issue regulations to ensure appropriate consistency among heads of executive agencies in the exercise of authority granted by this section.

SEC. 1102. TEMPORARY DISCRETIONARY AUTHORITY TO GRANT ALLOWANCES, BENEFITS, AND GRATUITIES TO PERSONNEL ON OFFICIAL DUTY IN A COMBAT ZONE.[edit]

(a) In General- Section 1603(a) of the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Hurricane Recovery, 2006 (Public Law 109-234; 120 Stat. 443) is amended--
(1) by striking `During fiscal years 2006, 2007, and 2008' and inserting `(1) During fiscal years 2006 (including the period beginning on October 1, 2005, and ending on June 15, 2006), 2007, and 2008'; and
(2) by adding at the end the following:
`(2) During fiscal years 2009, 2010, and 2011, the head of an agency may, in the agency head's discretion, provide to an individual employed by, or assigned or detailed to, such agency allowances, benefits, and gratuities comparable to those provided by the Secretary of State to members of the Foreign Service under section 413 and chapter 9 of title I of the Foreign Service Act of 1980, if such individual is on official duty in a combat zone (as defined by section 112(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986).'.
(b) Effective Date- The amendments made by subsection (a) shall take effect as if included in the enactment of the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Hurricane Recovery, 2006 (Public Law 109-234).

SEC. 1103. ELECTION OF INSURANCE COVERAGE BY FEDERAL CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES DEPLOYED IN SUPPORT OF A CONTINGENCY OPERATION.[edit]

(a) Automatic Coverage- Section 8702(c) of title 5, United States Code, is amended--
(1) by inserting `an employee who is deployed in support of a contingency operation (as that term is defined in section 101(a)(13) of title 10) or' after `subsection (b),'; and
(2) by striking `the date of the' and inserting `the date of notification of deployment or'.
(b) Optional Insurance- Section 8714a(b) of such title is amended--
(1) by designating the text as paragraph (2); and
(2) by inserting before paragraph (2), as so designated, the following new paragraph (1):
`(1) An employee who is deployed in support of a contingency operation (as that term is defined in section 101(a)(13) of title 10) or an employee of the Department of Defense who is designated as emergency essential under section 1580 of title 10 shall be insured under the policy of insurance under this section if the employee, within 60 days after the date of notification of deployment or designation, elects to be insured under the policy of insurance. An election under this paragraph shall be effective when provided to the Office in writing, in the form prescribed by the Office, within such 60-day period.'.
(c) Additional Optional Life Insurance- Section 8714b(b) of such title is amended--
(1) by designating the text as paragraph (2); and
(2) by inserting before paragraph (2), as so designated, the following new paragraph (1):
`(1) An employee who is deployed in support of a contingency operation (as that term is defined in section 101(a)(13) of title 10) or an employee of the Department of Defense who is designated as emergency essential under section 1580 of title 10 shall be insured under the policy of insurance under this section if the employee, within 60 days after the date of notification of deployment or designation, elects to be insured under the policy of insurance. An election under this paragraph shall be effective when provided to the Office in writing, in the form prescribed by the Office, within such 60-day period.'.

SEC. 1104. EXTENSION OF AUTHORITY TO MAKE LUMP-SUM SEVERANCE PAYMENTS.[edit]

Section 5595(i)(4) of title 5, United States Code, is amended by striking `October 1, 2010' and inserting `October 1, 2014'.

SEC. 1105. EXTENSION OF VOLUNTARY REDUCTION-IN-FORCE AUTHORITY OF DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE.[edit]

Section 3502(f)(5) of title 5, United States Code, is amended by striking `September 30, 2010' and inserting `September 30, 2014'.

SEC. 1106. ENHANCEMENT OF AUTHORITIES RELATING TO ADDITIONAL POSITIONS UNDER THE NATIONAL SECURITY PERSONNEL SYSTEM.[edit]

Section 9902(i) of title 5, United States Code, is amended--

(1) in paragraph (1), by striking `the requirements of chapter 71 and the limitations in subsection (b)(3)' and inserting `the requirements and limitations in paragraph (3)'; and
(2) by striking the period at the end of paragraph (2) and inserting `, in a manner comparable to that in which such provisions are applied under chapter 33.
`(3) Any action taken by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this subsection shall be subject to--
`(A) the requirements of chapter 71; and
`(B) the limitations in subsection (b)(3), except that the requirements of chapter 33 may be waived to the extent necessary to achieve the purposes of this subsection.'.

SEC. 1107. EXPEDITED HIRING AUTHORITY FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS.[edit]

(a) Expedited Hiring Authority- Section 1599c(a) of title 10, United States Code, is amended--
(1) by inserting `(1)' before `The Secretary of Defense may'; and
(2) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
`(2)(A) For purposes of sections 3304, 5333, and 5753 of title 5, the Secretary of Defense may--
`(i) designate any category of medical or health professional positions within the Department of Defense as shortage category positions; and
`(ii) utilize the authorities in such sections to recruit and appoint highly qualified persons directly to positions so designated.
`(B) In using the authority provided by this paragraph, the Secretary shall apply the principles of preference for the hiring of veterans and other persons established in subchapter 1 of chapter 33 of title 5.'.
(b) Termination of Authority- Section 1599c(c) of such title is amended--
(1) by inserting `(1)' before `The authority of';
(2) by striking `September 30, 2010' and inserting `September 30, 2012'; and
(3) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
`(2) The Secretary may not appoint a person to a position of employment under subsection (a)(2) after September 30, 2012.'.

SEC. 1108. DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY AT PERSONNEL DEMONSTRATION LABORATORIES FOR CERTAIN CANDIDATES.[edit]

(a) Authority- The Secretary of Defense may appoint qualified candidates possessing an advanced degree to positions described in subsection (b) without regard to the provisions of subchapter I of chapter 33 of title 5, United States Code, other than sections 3303 and 3328 of such title.
(b) Applicability- This section applies with respect to candidates for scientific and engineering positions within any laboratory identified in section 9902(c)(2) of title 5, United States Code.
(c) Limitation- (1) Authority under this section may not, in any calendar year and with respect to any laboratory, be exercised with respect to a number of candidates greater than the number equal to 2 percent of the total number of scientific and engineering positions within such laboratory that are filled as of the close of the fiscal year last ending before the start of such calendar year.
(2) For purposes of this subsection, positions and candidates shall be counted on a full-time equivalent basis.
(d) Employee Defined- As used in this section, the term `employee' has the meaning given such term by section 2105 of title 5, United States Code.
(e) Termination- The authority to make appointments under this section shall not be available after December 31, 2013.

SEC. 1109. STATUS REPORTS RELATING TO LABORATORY PERSONNEL DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS.[edit]

Section 1107 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (Public Law 110-181; 122 Stat. 357) is amended by adding at the end the following:

`(e) Status Reports-
`(1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 45 days after the date of the enactment of this Act and not later than March 1 of each year beginning after the date on which the first report under this subsection is submitted, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and House of Representatives a report providing, with respect to the year before the year in which such report is submitted, the information described in paragraph (2).
`(2) INFORMATION REQUIRED- Each report under this subsection shall describe the following:
`(A) The actions taken by the Secretary of Defense under subsection (a) during the year covered by the report.
`(B) The progress made by the Secretary of Defense during such year in developing and implementing the plan required by subsection (b), including the anticipated date for completion of such plan and a list and description of any issues relating to the development or implementation of such plan.
`(C) With respect to any applications by any Department of Defense laboratories seeking to be designated as a demonstration laboratory or to otherwise obtain any of the personnel flexibilities available to a demonstration laboratory--
`(i) the number of applications that were received, pending, or acted on during such year;
`(ii) the status or disposition of any applications under clause (i), including, in the case of any application on which a final decision was rendered, the laboratory involved, what the laboratory had requested, the decision reached, and the reasons for the decision; and
`(iii) in the case of any applications under clause (i) on which a final decision was not rendered, the date by which a final decision is anticipated.
`(3) DEFINITION- For purposes of this subsection, the term `demonstration laboratory' means a laboratory designated by the Secretary of Defense under the provisions of section 342(b) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1995 (as cited in subsection (a)).'.

SEC. 1110. TECHNICAL AMENDMENT RELATING TO DEFINITION OF PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTING POSITION FOR PURPOSES OF CERTIFICATION AND CREDENTIALING STANDARDS.[edit]

Section 1599d(e) of title 10, United States Code, is amended by striking `GS-510, GS-511, and GS-505' and inserting `0505, 0510, 0511, or equivalent'.

SEC. 1111. EXCEPTIONS AND ADJUSTMENTS TO LIMITATIONS ON PERSONNEL AND REPORTS ON SUCH EXCEPTIONS AND ADJUSTMENTS.[edit]

(a) Exception to Limitations on Personnel- For fiscal year 2009 and fiscal years thereafter, the baseline personnel limitations in sections 143, 194, 3014, 5014, and 8014 of title 10, United States Code (as adjusted pursuant to subsection (b)), shall not apply to--
(1) acquisition personnel hired pursuant to the expedited hiring authority provided in section 1705(h) of title 10, United States Code, as amended by section 821 of this Act, or otherwise hired with funds in the Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund established in accordance with section 1705(a) of such title; or
(2) personnel hired pursuant to a shortage category designation by the Secretary of Defense or the Director of the Office of Personnel Management.
(b) Authority to Adjust Limitations on Personnel- For fiscal year 2009 and for four fiscal years thereafter, the Secretary of Defense or a secretary of a military department may adjust the baseline personnel limitations in sections 143, 194, 3014, 5014 and 8014 of title 10, United States Code, to--
(1) fill a gap in the civilian workforce of the Department of Defense identified by the Secretary of Defense in a strategic human capital plan submitted to Congress in accordance with the requirements of--
(A) section 1122 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 (Public Law 109-163; 10 U.S.C. prec. 1580 note);
(B) section 1102 of the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 (Public Law 109-364; 120 Stat. 2407); or
(C) section 851 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (Public Law 110-181; 10 U.S.C. note prec. 1580); or
(2) accommodate increases in workload or modify the type of personnel required to accomplish work, for any purpose described in paragraphs (1) through (4) of subsection (c).
(c) Limitation on Authority to Adjust Limitations on Personnel- The Secretary of Defense or the secretary of a military department may not increase a baseline personnel limitation under paragraph (2) of subsection (b) by more than 5 percent in a fiscal year. An increase in a baseline personnel limitation under such paragraph may be made for any of the following purposes:
(1) Performance of inherently governmental functions.
(2) Performance of work pursuant to section 2463 of title 10 United States Code.
(3) Ability to maintain sufficient organic expertise and technical capability.
(4) Performance of work that, while the position may not exercise an inherently governmental function, nevertheless should be performed only by officers or employees of the Federal Government or members of the Armed Forces because of the critical nature of the work.
(d) Report Required- The Secretary of Defense shall submit a report to the congressional defense committees on the implementation of this section at the same time that the defense budget materials for each of the four fiscal years after fiscal year 2009 are presented to Congress. The report shall include the following information regarding the implementation of this section during the preceding fiscal year:
(1) The average number of military personnel, civilian employees of the Department of Defense, and contractor employees assigned to or detailed to permanent duty in--
(A) the Office of the Secretary of Defense;
(B) the management headquarters activities and management headquarters support activities in the Defense Agencies and Department of Defense Field Activities;
(C) the Office of the Secretary of the Army and the Army Staff;
(D) the Office of the Secretary of the Navy, the Office of Chief of Naval Operations, and the Headquarters, Marine Corps; and
(E) the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force and the Air Staff.
(2) An estimate of the number of personnel hired pursuant to an exception in subsection (a) in each office described in subparagraphs (A) through (E) of paragraph (1).
(3) The amount of any adjustment in the limitation on personnel made by the Secretary of Defense or the secretary of a military department, and, for each adjustment made pursuant to subsection (b)(2), the purpose of the adjustment.