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Release No: 527-02
October 16, 2002


The Department of Defense announced today the successful deployment of a new human resource system, capping the largest human resource transformation initiative in the federal government--the Department of Defense Regionalization and Systems Modernization Program. On Sept. 27, the Defense Civilian Personnel Data System (DCPDS) reached full operational capability, completing a phased deployment that began in October 1999.

The system has now been fielded to all Department of Defense civilian human resources regional service centers and customer support units, providing human resource management operations and service delivery to more than 800,000 civilian employees in the department worldwide.

DCPDS, the largest known automated human resources system in the world, encompasses more than 500,000 business rules and 490 database tables containing 5,000 data elements. It is capable of processing 1.75 million pay and benefit transaction combinations. The system generates all personnel transactions for civilian employees and interfaces fully with the department's automated payroll system.

The overall objective of the Regionalization and Systems Modernization Program is to realize cost savings through the consolidation of DoD civilian human resource operations into a regionalized environment, based on standardized and reengineered business processes and supported by a single human resource information system.

DCPDS replaces a mainframe-based legacy system, which was decommissioned at the end of September 2002.

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