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Frequently Asked Questions Pay & Leave

What information must agencies include in their retention incentive waiver requests to OPM?

Under 5 CFR 575.309(e)(2), waiver requests must include—

  • A description of the employee’s work requirements and responsibilities or, if requesting a group retention incentive, a description of the group or category of employees and the number of employees to be covered by the proposed retention incentive;
  • A description of the critical agency need the proposed retention incentive would address;
  • The written documentation required by 5 CFR 575.308;
  • The proposed retention incentive percentage rate and a justification for that percentage;
  • The timing and method of making the retention incentive payments;
  • The service period required; and
  • Any other information pertinent to the case at hand.

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