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ePDS Automates Creating, Maintaining, and Managing Organizational Position Descriptions
August 15, 2011

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Innovators at NASA's Johnson Space Center have developed software that keeps track of NASA's civil servant employees whenever they are reappointed, promoted, reassigned, demoted, or transferred to a new position. The electronic Position Description System (ePDS) is an intuitive Web-based system for creating, maintaining, and storing NASA's official federal civil service position descriptions (PDs). The system dynamically determines format, factor levels, and default text or values based upon user responses to prompts, drop-down selections, and queries. The ePDS includes embedded business rules and process flows to align user input with federal classification rules, standards, and policies to create a legal document that justifies a salary and occupational designation. The system provides for automated surveillance for data quality and integrity, improving consistency and accuracy. This software may be released for U.S. Government purposes only.


  • Consistent: Provides an automated means to create accurate, legal position descriptions
  • User Friendly: Features easy-to-use familiar formats and embedded help features, minimizing training and support requirements
  • Cost-effective: Minimizes and standardizes data entry by using pull-down menus and auto-population of text, improving PD consistency
  • Efficient: Integrates data with other key business systems
  • Secure: Includes security levels based on supervisory and classification roles with the organization


  • Organizations seeking an effective means to manage official organizational position descriptions

Licensing and Partnering Opportunity

This technology is being made available through JSC's Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office, which seeks to transfer technology into and out of NASA to benefit the space program and U.S. industry. NASA invites companies to consider licensing this technology for commercial applications.

Contact Information

If you would like more information about this technology or about NASA's technology transfer program, please contact:

Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office
NASA's Johnson Space Center
Phone: 281-483-3809
E-mail: jsc-techtran@mail.nasa.gov

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