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Frequently Asked Questions Senior Executive Service

Does the pay freeze apply to base salary decreases for senior professionals?

No. An agency may involuntarily reduce a senior professional's rate of basic pay under 5 CFR part 752, subpart D. The pay freeze only addresses and prevents increases in pay, not pay reductions. However, an agency should take the duration of the pay freeze into account when assessing the appropriate reduction for a senior professional. Under 5 CFR 534.503(c), a senior professional whose pay is reduced but who resolves any problems and demonstrates stronger performance has the opportunity for a pay increase after 12 months, but the pay freeze can impose a significantly longer waiting period. For example, a pay reduction done during the period of the pay freeze is fixed until the end of the pay freeze-absent a change of position that meets the criteria in section 147(c) of the Act for an exception.

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