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Frequently Asked Questions Pay & Leave

What categories of employees may receive a retention incentive?

Agencies may pay a retention incentive to a current employee in the following categories of positions: General Schedule (GS); senior-level and scientific or professional (SL/ST); Senior Executive Service (SES); Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration (FBI/DEA) SES; law enforcement officer (LEO); Executive Schedule (EX); prevailing rate (wage) positions; and positions in a category for which payment of retention incentives has been approved by OPM at the request of the head of an executive agency. (See 5 CFR 575.303 and 575.315(b)(1).)

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