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OPM’s Beth Cobert Announces Annual Special Rates Assessment for General Schedule Employees

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Beth Cobert
Beth Cobert

The Office of Personnel Management has issued a data call with regard to OPM’s annual evaluation of special rates for General Schedule employees.

Beth Cobert, acting OPM director, wrote in a memorandum issued Thursday the annual review of special rates comes as President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2017 budget proposes a 1.6 percent increase in total basic payroll.

The proposed 1.6 percent rise in GS base rates will serve as a default adjustment and is scheduled to take effect in January 2017.

Federal agencies’ human resources directors that seek to request a hike, termination or a reduction in the default special rate adjustment should file annual review materials with OPM by Oct. 14, wrote Cobert, an inductee into Executive Mosaic’s Wash100 for 2016.

Cobert noted that the president would utilize his alternative adjustment power for the increase in GS base pay under 5 U.S. Code section 5303 by Aug. 31.

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