That may be our good friend George W. in the picture, but according to Emily Long of Government Executive, there might still be a raise in it! The pay freeze won’t halt all raises! This is good news for military, U.S. Postal Service workers, and Postal Regulatory Commission employees.
Long also states that the fridged new rules won’t affect:
- Performance awards and bonuses; recruitment, relocation and retention incentives; and premium payments such as overtime pay;
- Promotions, periodic within-grade step increases based on fully successful level of performance, and quality step increases for outstanding performance;
- Adjustments in foreign areas to maintain a constant salary rate in U.S. dollars, or local currency, or to respond to foreign labor laws; and
- Pay-setting flexibilities, such as the GS superior qualifications and special needs pay-setting authority for newly appointed employees under Title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations 531.212 and the GS maximum payable rate rule under 5 CFR 531.221.
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That being said, what are your thoughts? Will pay setting flexibilities and the ability to give promotions and step increases help recruit and retain a diverse, qualified Federal workforce?