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Part 7, Chapter 8:  Manual Exhibit 7-8-B

Incentives Comparison Chart

Recruitment, Relocation and Retention Incentives Caparison Chart

Recruitment Incentive May not exceed 25 percent of the annual rate of basic pay (which includes a special rate, locality payment or similar pay under other legal authority) of the employee at the beginning of the service period multiplied by the number of years (including fractions of a year) in the service period (not to exceed 4 years). GS; Senior-Level, Scientific and Professional; Career SES; Law Enforcement Officer positions; EX, or a position where the rate of pay is fixed by law at a rate equal to a rate for the Executive Schedule; prevailing rate positions; positions in a category for which payment of a recruitment or relocation incentive has been approved by OPM. Exclusions:  Presidential Appointees; non-career SES; positions excepted from the competitive service by reason of its confidential, policy-determining, policy-making or policy-advocating character (Schedule C) Newly appointed Federal employees, including first permanent appointment; or appointment of a former employee after a 90-day break in service. Difficult to fill in the absence of an incentive.  Must consider the following:
  • difficulty in recruiting candidates.
  • success of recent efforts to recruit candidates for similar positions.
  • non-Federal salaries for similar positions.
  • recent turnover.
  • labor market factors.
  • special skills, etc.
  • available hiring flexibilities.
  • work environment or geographic location, etc.
Required Not less than 6 months, no longer than 4 years. Lump sum at beginning of service period, or as a final lump sum payment upon completion of service period, or installments, or any combination of these.
Relocation Incentive Same as above. Same as above. Current Federal employees. Same as above.  *Relocation incentive cannot be paid until the employee establishes a residence in the new commuting area. Same as above. Same as above.
Retention Incentive Percentage of basic pay, not to exceed 25 percent for individual employee or 10 percent for a group or category of employees. Same as above. Current Federal employees.
  • Unusually high or unique qualifications.
  • Special need of organization and employee would leave Federal service without an incentive.
Same as above; except not required if paid in bi-weekly installments. Installments after completion of specified periods of service, or single lump sum after completion of full period of service per service agreement.

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