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Frequently Asked Questions Pay & Leave

What is the definition of rate of basic pay for the purpose of paying a recruitment or relocation incentive?

For the purpose of paying a recruitment or relocation incentive, rate of basic pay means the rate of pay fixed by law or administrative action for the position to which an employee is or will be appointed, before deductions and including any special rate supplement under 5 CFR part 530, subpart C, or similar payment under other legal authority, and any locality-based comparability payment under 5 CFR part 531, subpart F, or similar payment under other legal authority, but excluding additional pay of any other kind. For example, a rate of basic pay does not include additional pay such as cost-of-living allowances or post differentials under 5 U.S.C. 5941, night shift differentials under 5 U.S.C. 5343(f) or environmental differentials under 5 U.S.C. 5343(c)(4). (See the definition of rate of basic pay in 5 CFR 575.102 and 575.202.)

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