Information on Federal Pay Issues from the Federal Employees Almanac


Table of Contents

Year in Review 2013

Chapter 1: Pay

Chapter 3: Retirement

Chapter 1, Section 1: Main Federal Pay Schedules and Systems

The General Schedule is the federal government's main pay system that sets the pay rates for employees in most white-collar positions not at the senior executive or other senior levels.

Chapter 1, Section 10: Deductions from Pay

Compensation paid to federal employees is subject to a number of benefit-related deductions. Most types of compensation are subject to federal, state, and local (if applicable) tax withholding.

Chapter 1, Section 2: General Pay Computation Procedures

The General Schedule is the federal government's main pay system that sets the pay rates for employees in most white-collar positions not at the senior executive or other senior levels.

Chapter 1, Section 3: Annual Pay Adjustments

The federal wage system (FWS)--also known as the wage grade or prevailing rate system--is designed to make the pay of federal blue-collar workers comparable to prevailing private sector local rates for similar positions.

Chapter 1, Section 4: Other Pay Increases, Allowances, or Actions

Generally, employees who are not at the highest step of their grade are entitled to receive the within-grade raise authorized for the next step of their position as long as they: complete the required waiting period, have received at least a "fully successful" (or equivalent) rating for their most recent performance appraisal period, and did not receive an equivalent increase during the waiting period.

Chapter 1, Section 5: Pay Flexibilities

Agencies have authority to provide additional direct compensation in certain circumstances to support their recruitment, relocation, and retention efforts. Some of these are at an agency's sole discretion while others require approval of the Office of Personnel Management and/or the Office of Management and Budget.