The pay freeze precludes such increases because they do not meet the criteria for the exception in section 147(c) of the Act. Additionally, the underlying pay rates that determine the SES rate range will remain unchanged until the pay freeze ends - i.e., 120 percent of the minimum rate of basic pay payable for GS-15 of the General Schedule and the rates of basic pay for level III and level II of the Executive Schedule. Since the SES pay rate range will not change, agencies will not need to adjust a senior executive's rate of basic pay to maintain his or her relative position within the rate range.
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