OFFICE OF PERSONNEL AND MANAGEMENT COMMENCES DATA CALL FOR SPECIAL PAY GRADES - August 9, 2016
OPM begins data call for special pay grades
By Carten Cordell, Federal Times
The Office of Personnel Management started its yearly assessment of special pay grades for federal employees this week, calling for agency reviews in an Aug. 4 memo.
The review looks at locality and other specific pay grades that are adjusted to higher levels for federal jobs with a history of recruitment and retention difficulties, such as Customs and Border Protection guards in the Bakken Oil Field in Montana and North Dakota.
In the Aug. 4 memo, Acting OPM Director Beth Cobert said that agencies need to submit their special pay grade information if they are requesting either pay adjustments higher than the general schedule base rate taking effect in January 2017 or plan to reduce or eliminate a special rate schedule.