|Subchapter 4500 - Recruitment and Retention Incentives
Section I - Pay for Positions Above GS-15 and for Scientific and Professional Positions (Established to carry out research and development functions)
You may request authority to establish a new pay system for two categories of executive positions (5 CFR 534.501):
"Senior-level positions classified above GS-15." Positions in this category were formerly classified as GS-16, 17, and 18 and are primarily positions excluded from the Senior Executive Service (SES) or positions that do not meet the functional criteria (e.g., managerial or supervisory responsibilities) for inclusion in the SES.
"Scientific and professional positions" include positions established to carry out research and development functions under 5 U.S.C. 3104.
The new pay scale that may be established for each category ranges from a minimum of 120 percent of GS-15, Step 1, to a maximum of level IV of the Executive Schedule (5 CFR 534.502).
| Process for
Authority to approve the establishment of a senior-level position above GS-15 and the corresponding new pay system rests with the Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM), USDA.
Authority to approve the establishment of a scientific and professional position (established to carry out research and development functions) and the corresponding new pay system rests with OPM.
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