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Frequently Asked Questions Senior Executive Service

How does the pay freeze affect SES pay increases normally granted based upon a recently completed performance appraisal cycle?

Such pay increases are precluded by the pay freeze. Section 147(c) of the Act applies "notwithstanding any other provision of law" to restrict a senior executive from receiving an increase in his or her rate of basic pay during the designated period. The Act also includes the criteria for an exception in that section - i.e., increases based on "a change of position that results in a substantial increase in responsibility, or a promotion." An agency may have its PRBs make recommendations on exceptions consistent with the pay freeze law, but pay adjustments that are based upon the results of a recently completed performance appraisal cycle do not meet the criteria for this exception.

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