Human Resources and Security Specialists should use this tool to determine the correct investigation level for any covered position within the U.S. Federal Government.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) may establish higher rates of basic pay-special rates-for a group or category of General Schedule (GS) positions in one or more geographic areas to address existing or likely significant handicaps in recruiting or retaining well-qualified employees. OPM may establish special rates for nearly any category of employee-i.e., by series, specialty, grade-level, and/or geographic area.
OPM may establish special rates to address staffing problems caused by-
Additional information on establishing and adjusting special rates is contained in OPM regulations at 5 CFR 530.304.
Special rate requests must include the information required by OPM's Worksheet for Special Rate Requests, Form 1397. The requests must come to OPM through agency headquarters.