|Subchapter 4500 - Recruitment and Retention Incentives
Section J - Supervisory Differentials
|What is a Supervisory Differential?||
You may request approval to pay a supervisory differential to a General Schedule employee who has supervisory responsibility for one or more civilian employees not under the General Schedule if:
Because of the potential for frequent changes in a supervisor's eligibility for a differential, OPM encourages deciding officials to authorize the differentials ONLY WHEN THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT PAY DISPARITY between the supervisor's and the subordinate's continuing pay.
The differential is not considered part of basic pay, but will be paid in the same manner and at the same time as the supervisor's basic pay.
A supervisory differential must be reduced or terminated not later than 30 days after:
See the Justification Criteria in this section for the types of pay comprising "continuing pay."
To justify the payment of a supervisory differential, you must follow these 3 steps:
STEP 1. Calculate the continuing pay of the GS/GM supervisor and that of the supervisor's highest-paid subordinate not under the General Schedule:
STEP 2. Compare the continuing pay of the supervisor with that of the subordinate:
STEP 3. If the subordinate's continuing pay is, in your judgement, significantly higher than the supervisor's, you may elect to continue the process to obtain approval to pay a supervisory differential to the supervisor.
|Process for Paying Supervisory Differentials||
You should follow this process to request to pay such a differential:
|Approval Authority||Approval Authority is USDA, Office of Human Resources Management.|
In addition to the records requirements on the Records/Reports Charts, Section A, the Human Resources Division must keep records of the following information, about each supervisor who receives a supervisory differential and the supervisor's highest - paid subordinate not under the General Schedule:
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