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Extension of Locality Payments to Non-General Schedule Employees

Thursday, December 6, 2001
MEMORANDUM FOR: 
Heads Of Executive Departments And Agencies
From: 
President's Pay Agent
Subject: 
Extension of Locality Payments to Non-General Schedule Employees

On December 5, 2000, the President?s Pay
Agent extended locality-based comparability payments to certain categories of
non-General Schedule employees.  As
required by law, the 2001 locality payments that were extended to these
employees will remain in effect through the last day of the last pay period
commencing during calendar year 2001. 
The President?s Pay Agent has decided to extend the 2002 locality-based
comparability payments again to the same Governmentwide and single-agency
categories that were authorized to receive the 2001 locality payments.


Locality payments will be extended to the
Governmentwide categories with no further action required by any agency.  Locality payments will be extended to the
single-agency categories without any further action required by any agency
unless the head of an executive agency requests otherwise.  This is because the law (5 U.S.C.
5304(h)(2)(A)) provides that locality payments may be extended to single-agency
categories of employees only at the request of the head of an executive
agency.

Please notify the Director of the Office
of Personnel Management (OPM) at the address shown below by December 17, 2001, if you do not want the 2002 locality payments
extended to a single-agency employee category in your agency for which such
payments were previously authorized by the Pay Agent.  Please note that a decision not to extend the
2002 comparability payments to a category of employees means that those
employees would no longer be entitled to any locality payment.  The law does not permit the Pay Agent to deny
only that portion of the locality payment attributable to the 2002 increase in
locality pay.  All employees in a given
locality pay area who receive locality payments must receive the same percentage
as received by General Schedule employees in that area in 2002.  (For your convenience, a list of the
Governmentwide and single-agency categories that are now receiving locality
payments under the Pay Agent's authority is provided in the attachments to this
memorandum.)

New requests for extending locality-based
comparability payments to single-agency categories of non-General Schedule
employees should be submitted by the agency head or his or her designee to the
following address by December 17,
2001
, to ensure that the extension takes effect on the first day of the
first pay period beginning on or after January 1, 2002:

The Honorable Kay Coles
James

Director

Office of Personnel Management

1900 E Street
NW.

Washington, DC 20415-0001


In your request, please include
information on--

(1)   the legal authority under which
the employees are paid,

     
(2) the types of employees to be paid, and


(3) the number of employees to be
paid.

Also, please fax a copy of your request
to (202) 606-0824.  Please direct
questions about the extension of locality-based comparability payments to Brenda
Roberts, of OPM's Workforce Compensation and Performance Service, at (202)
606-2858 or email to payleave@opm.gov. 

For the
President's Pay Agent:

 

Kay Coles James,
Director

Office of Personnel Management

 


Last
Modified:
3:39:20 PM on Wednesday, August 20, 2003