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Frequently Asked Questions Senior Executive Service

How does the pay freeze impact an SES member who is voluntarily or involuntarily reassigned to another SES position?

Under section 147(c) of the Act, an agency may grant a basic pay increase to an SES member upon voluntary or involuntary reassignment only if the change of position results in a substantial increase in responsibility and consistent with any other applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. For example, such a pay increase would be subject to the 12-month restriction at 5 CFR 534.404(c). Therefore, when such an increase is granted within 12 months of the senior executive's most recent pay increase, it would require an exception under 5 CFR 534.404(c)(4)(ii) in addition to the exception under section 147(c) of the Act. Once granted, the pay adjustment would initiate a new 12-month restriction. If more than 12 months have passed since the senior executive's last basic pay adjustment, the agency may determine whether a pay increase is justified under section 147(c) under such procedures as the agency head may establish. The procedures should include, as appropriate, review by an official at a higher level than the agency official otherwise authorized to take the pay action and must ensure verification and objective comparison of the positions' relative responsibilities.

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