ARLINGTON, Va. — Defense and Justice Department officials will appeal a recent federal court decision disallowing key provisions of a plan to revamp DOD’s civilian personnel pay system, according to a senior defense official.

The Bush administration’s National Security Personnel System has been proposed to replace the 50-year-old defense personnel system, which bases salaries on how long a civilian has worked for the government, with a new system that allows supervisors to determine salaries according to a worker’s performance.

On Feb. 27, a U.S. district court judge ruled that the new system doesn’t protect collective bargaining rights or provide an independent, third-party appeal for civilian employees who get fired or disciplined.

“Clearly, the department will be working with the Department of Justice on the appeal of that decision,” Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told Pentagon reporters Wednesday.

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