Yes, by law (5 U.S.C 4312) agencies with SES members (i.e. subject to 5 U.S.C chapter 43 and 5 CFR 430) must have their SES performance management systems approved by OPM. Additionally, by law (5 U.S.C. 5307(d)) and regulation (5 CFR 430 subpart D) agencies must have their SES performance management systems certified by OPM, with concurrence by OMB, to set SES member basic pay at a higher rate (i.e. up to the rate for level II of the Executive Schedule) and use a higher aggregate limit (i.e. up to the Vice President’s salary). Both processes will be streamlined when using the basic system description.
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