Planning & Accountability FAQs


Planning & Accountability (P&A) Directorate’s role is critical to the Department in ensuring that we plan for the right civilian talent in order to meet DoD’s ever-demanding missions. Our work impacts more than 900,000 DoD civilians and is done through workforce planning, competency and skills management, analytics, and accountability. P&A takes the responsibility seriously and are committed to the role in supporting the Department.

Planning & Accountability (P&A) Directorate is guided by DoDI 1400.25 Volume 250, 5 CFR 250 Part B, 5 USC 1104 and Strategic Guidance for providing consulting and advisory services to the Components, Defense Agencies and Activity offices. Our CHCO and DCPAS Director maintain effective partnerships with the Components, Defense Agencies and Activity offices, supported by functional communities, to ensure our strategies and initiatives are met. Customer engagement is key for successful collaboration and negotiation and we engage with functional community and component customers on quarterly basis.

Provide advisory/consulting services for DoD human capital planning and policy development; strategic workforce planning, competency management, workforce analytics, and the accountability/evaluation of HR practices within DoD. Planning & Accountability (P&A) ensures that the right civilian skills, capabilities and competencies are identified across DoD to support recruitment, retention and succession planning. P&A works collaboratively to ensure proper design and implementation of key activities.
CAC enabled, Our MilSuite is an open group that does not require you to get Administrator permission to join or view the content. Our page is used to share relevant content with our customers. In it you can find Quarterly Data Decks, the Forecast Tool, Competency Models, the Functional Community Maturity Model, HCOP & HRSTAT, the Strategic Workforce Planning Guide, and much more. We encourage you to check out the content!

We calculate loss rate as a percent of the population’s Begin Strength for the period, normally Fiscal Year. The formula is simply: Total Losses / Begin Strenth = Loss Rate. For example: The population Begin Strength is 10,000. The total losses for the period were 1,000. 1,000 / 10,000 = 0.10 or 10% loss rate.

Our regularly occurring data products include: Quarterly Data Decks for Functional Communities, Special Groups, Mission Critical Occupations, and 4th Estate Agencies. The Forecast Tool. We also provide customers with a vast array of ad hoc and custom data products and analyses.

We rely heavily on our well-established governance structure to reach our customers. With engagement at the action officer level through the CPAG and WPAG, followed by senior executive level communication through the CPPC and FCMEC, we stay informed on who our key points of contact are on both the component and the functional community side. Beyond communication during these venues, we frequently engage through email communication, access to products through our MilSuite site, and through reciprocal invitations to participate in our customers’ events/venues. Also, we release a quarterly newsletter to our functional community and component customers, which provides insights on how strategic planning plays a pivotal part of their daily mission.

In the 2018 USD(P&R) Lethality Report to DEPSECDEF and VCJCS, USD(P&R) approved and endorsed development of the Functional Community Maturity Model (FCMM) as an initiative to collectively improve the functional communities' ability to increase lethality and readiness of the Department. The FCMM consists of four pillars: Leadership and Governance, Workforce Planning, Resource Planning, and Workforce Development. A supporting Assessment Tool outlines requirements and guides functional communities through four stages of maturity (Reactive, Emerging, Advanced, Optimized) in each pillar to inform an overall maturity assessment.

-Delegated Examining is the method used to fill competitive service positions with applicants that may or may not have prior Federal service.

In the P&A Directorate, Account Program Managers (APMs) conduct Staff Assistance Visits (SAVs) to ensure DoD Delegated Examining Units staffing programs operates in accordance with law and established regulations. DoD currently has 26 Delegated Examining Units (DEUs).

-Staff Assistance Visits are generally conducted every two years.

- Account Program Managers and Human Resources Specialists from the DCPAS P&A Directorate, Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and the DoD Activity.

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