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OPM Decides to Keep Time-In-Grade Pay Rule, Individuals Issue Comments

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The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced that it will keep the time-in-grade pay regulation, a reversal of previous plans in 2008 that would have eliminated the rule.

The time-in-grade rule is one in which employees in competitive service General Schedule (GS) positions at grades 5 and above must serve 52 weeks in a grade before becoming eligible for promotion to the next grade level. If the rule was eliminated, employees would be promoted whenever it was determined -- under a subjective standard -- that they met the qualifications for the position.

"After carefully considering all of the comments, OPM has determined that it would be more productive to consider the merits of the time-in-grade issue as part of a more comprehensive review of pay, performance, and staffing issues than to regulate this particular issue in piecemeal fashion," states OPM in an August 11 Federal Register notice.

"I welcome the OPM decision and its position that reviewing federal workplace matters -- including the critical need for adequate staffing -- is not best done on a piecemeal basis," said National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) President Colleen M. Kelley.

"This development," Kelley added, "is consistent with NTEU's view that any systemic change to civil service rules must be undertaken in a more measured fashion, in consultation with unions and other stakeholders."

OPM received dozens of comments on the decision.

As an example, two individuals commented that the time-in-grade regulation is a bad rule because it discriminates against highly-qualified, highly-capable and highly-productive candidates on the basis of an arbitrary time period.

Among those who favor keeping the rule, one commenter believes that time-in-grade ensures competence and saves the government money by preventing inexperienced employees the opportunity to receive undeserved promotions; and it is risk that needs not be taken. Another individual stated that time-in-grade elimination would be a slap in the face to all long serving federal employees who had been subject to these rules.

To view the full Federal Register notice along with the comments, go to:
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2009...l/E9-19174.htm

Posted with Permission from: MyFederalRetirement.com



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