What special allowances might be available in unusual or dangerous work assignments?

Non-foreign post differentials are allowances of up to 25 percent of the employee’s basic pay, paid to compensate employees required to work in areas where there are extraordinarily difficult living conditions, excessive physical hardship, or notably unhealthful conditions. The current rates are 25 percent in American Samoa and its island group, Johnston Island, Sand Island, Midway Islands and Wake Island, and 20 percent in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Agencies may pay extended assignment incentives to employees assigned to positions located in a territory or possession of the United States, to assist in retaining experienced, well-trained employees in these locations for a longer period than the employee’s initial tour of duty. These can be the greater of 25 percent of the annual rate of basic pay or $15,000 per year for a service period to which the employee agrees as a condition of receiving the incentive.

Danger pay of up to 35 percent of salary can be paid to employees assigned to foreign areas in which civil insurrection, terrorism, wartime conditions and similar conditions threaten physical harm or imminent danger to the health or well-being of employees.

A foreign post hardship differential of up to 35 percent of salary can be paid to employees assigned an overseas location that involves extraordinarily difficult living conditions, excessive physical hardship, or notably unhealthful conditions affecting the majority of government employees assigned to the location.

Hostile fire pay of up to $150 a month can be paid for reasons including being in imminent danger of being exposed to hostile fire or explosion of hostile mines and in which, during the period of duty in that area, other employees were subject to hostile fire or explosion of hostile mines.

Evacuation payments are made to employees or their dependents, or both, who are ordered to be evacuated from or within the United States and certain non-foreign areas in the national interest because of natural disasters or for military or other reasons that create imminent danger to the lives of the employees, their immediate family, or their dependents. 




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