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Subject: Physicians' Comparability Allowances
Agencies have been authorized for a number of years to make comparability allowance payments, known as physicians' comparability allowances (PCAs), under certain conditions. PCAs have previously not been included in basic pay for the purpose of the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). However, with the enactment on December 28, 2000, of Public Law 106-571 the "Federal Physicians Comparability Allowance (PCA) Amendments of 2000" PCAs now constitute basic pay for purposes of retirement deductions under both CSRS and FERS.
Thus, effective with the first payroll paid on or after December 28, 2000, CSRS and FERS deductions must be deducted from PCAs. Please implement CSRS and FERS deductions from PCAs retroactively, as required.
The use of PCAs in the computation of CSRS and FERS benefits is subject to complex eligibility requirements. For most individuals, PCAs will constitute basic pay for benefit computation on a phased-in basis. Procedures will have to be prepared to ensure that these provisions are appropriately implemented, and we will transmit further information and guidance as it is developed.
Please be aware that PCAs do NOT constitute basic pay for purposes of deductions for Federal Employees Group Life Insurance purposes.
We regret the short notice on this matter, but the language of the law afforded us little lead-time. If you have any questions regarding this information, we would prefer that you email us at email@example.com, so that we have a record of our communication. You may also phone us on (202) 606-0606.
Robert A. Yuran, Chief Financial Policy Staff