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In 2005, a GS-11, step 5, police officer stationed in Los Angeles is promoted to a GS-12 police officer position in San Francisco. In San Francisco, there is a special rate schedule that would apply to the employee's GS-11 position, but at GS-12 there is no applicable special rate range-instead just a locality rate range applies. Thus, different pay schedules apply in San Francisco before and after promotion. Using the rules in 5 CFR 531.214(d)(2), the agency would use the alternate method and the standard method and compare the results to see which is greater. However, the alternate method yields a different result from the standard method only when there is a change in the employee's position of record (e.g., change in occupational series) which would cause the employee to have a different pay schedule and different highest applicable rate range at the higher grade. Since there is no change in the position of record other than the grade and no special rates apply at grade 12, the alternate method and standard method would produce the same result. Therefore, use the standard method:
In 2005, a GS-0301-9, step 7, employee stationed in Atlanta is promoted to a GS-11 position in Washington, DC, in occupational series GS-2210. The promotion involves not only a change in grade but a change in the employee's occupational series. In Washington, DC, no special rate schedule would apply to a GS-9 or GS-11 position in the old occupational series, but a special rate schedule does apply to the GS-11 position in the new occupational series. Thus, different pay schedules apply before and after promotion, and the highest applicable rate range after promotion is a special rate range from a schedule that did not apply to the employee before promotion. As provided by § 531.214(d)(2)(ii), the agency must apply the alternate method and compare the result to the result derived under the standard method, as follows:
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In 2005, a GS-4, step 4, employee in San Diego who is not an LEO is promoted to a GS-5 LEO position in San Diego. Since different pay schedules apply before and after the promotion based on a change in the employee's official position of record, use the alternate method to provide the maximum benefit.
In 2005, a GS-8, step 8, LEO in the New York locality pay area is promoted to a GS-9 non-LEO position in the Rest of United States (RUS) locality pay area. Different pay schedules apply before and after the promotion based on a change in the employee's official position of record. The agency must decide whether it is appropriate to base the promotion on the LEO special base rate (SBR), in which case the agency would use the standard method. Here is a comparison of the result from the alternate method and the standard method:
In 2005, a GS-5, step 3, dental assistant (GS-681) covered by special rate table 0428 is promoted to a grade GS-6 dental hygienist (GS-682) position covered by special rate table 0334. Since different schedules apply before and after promotion based on a change in the position of record, and special rate table 0334 has higher special rates at grades GS-5 and GS-6 than special rate table 0429, use the alternate method to provide the maximum benefit of the higher rate upon promotion.
In 2005, a GS-11, step 8, medical officer (clinical) covered by worldwide special rate table 0290 is promoted to a GS-12 position on worldwide special rate table 0524 for medical officers conducting research. The employee will be at a worksite before and after promotion that is in the RUS locality pay area. The standard method will produce a higher result, since table 0290 has higher special rates at grades 11 and 12 than table 0524. (The agency determines it would not be appropriate to use the alternate promotion method under the special exception provision in 5 CFR 531.214(d)(2)(iii).)
In 2005, a GS-5, step 4, nurse covered by special rate table 0352 is promoted to grade 7 on the same table. The same pay schedules apply before and after the promotion. (NOTE: A pay schedule is considered to apply to an employee who meets the established coverage conditions even though a rate under that schedule (e.g., a special rate schedule) is not currently payable to the employee because of a higher pay entitlement under another pay schedule (e.g., a locality pay schedule).) There are no steps higher than step 4 at grade GS-5 on the special rate table. Use the standard method.
In 2005, a GS-7, step 5, police officer (who is not an LEO) in DC covered by table 983D is promoted to a GS-8 LEO SBR in DC. Although different schedules apply before and after the promotion, the rate produced by the standard method will be greater than the rate produced by the alternate method. Under the standard method, the police officer is promoted directly into the LEO SBR range with the locality supplement and receives a higher step than if the police officer were promoted to the higher grade on the police special rate table and then converted to the same grade and step on the LEO SBR range with the locality supplement. First use the standard method:
Then use the alternate method. Steps A, B, and C are the same as above.
In 2005, a GM-13 employee with a rate of basic pay of $78,182 is promoted to a GS-14 position in Washington, DC. No special rate applies at GS-13 or GS-14.
In 2005, a GS-11, step 00, employee receiving a retained rate of basic pay of $66,746 is promoted to a grade GS-12 position. As provided in 5 CFR 531.214(d)(5), apply the promotion rule using the maximum rate of the employee's grade. If the resulting highest payable rate of basic pay after promotion is greater than the employee's existing retained rate, the employee is entitled to that higher rate and the retained rate is terminated. Otherwise, the retained rate must be compared to the highest applicable rate range for the position after promotion, and the employee is entitled to the lowest step in that range equaling or exceeding the retained rate, or, if the retained rate exceeds the range maximum, the retained rate. Use the standard method, since the same pay schedule applies to the employee before and after the promotion.
In 2005, a GS-4, step 10, mail and file clerk covered by special rate table 0159 (covering clerical employees in Juneau, Alaska) is promoted to grade GS-5 on the same table. Use the standard method, since the same schedules apply to the employee before and after promotion.
In 2005, a GS-11, step 9, computer specialist covered by special rate table 999C in the Columbus, Ohio, locality pay area is promoted to grade GS-12 on the same table. Use the standard method, since the same schedules apply to the employee before and after promotion.
In 2005, a GS-12, step 5, employee in the RUS locality pay area is promoted to a GS-13 position in the DC locality pay area. The agency must process a geographic conversion, after which the same pay schedules will apply before and after the promotion. Use the standard promotion method:
In 2005, a GS-7, step 2, computer engineer in the Chicago locality pay area covered by special rate table 999D is promoted to grade GS-9 on the same table. Since same pay schedules apply before and after the promotion, use the standard promotion method: