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    Glossary of Federal Terms

    h4. L LEAD AGENCY — Under the Federal Wage System, an agency designated by the OPM to plan and conduct wage surveys, analyze the survey data and determine and issue required wage schedules for a wage area. LEGAL AUTHORITY — The legal authority is the law, Executive Order, regulation, agency directive, or the instruction under which the personnel action is taken. ...
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    Glossary of Federal Terms

    h4. M MASS TRANSFER — The movement of an employee with his or her position to a different agency when (1) a transfer of function or an organization change takes place and (2) there is no change in the employee's position, grade, or pay. (Note: for purposes of this definition, a change in the amount of any locality payment to which ...
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    Glossary of Federal Terms

    h4. N NONAPPROPRIATED FUNDS INSTRUMENTALITY (NAFI) — means the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Army and Air Force Motion Picture Service, Navy Ship's Stores Ashore, Navy exchanges, Marine Corps exchanges, Coast Guard exchanges, and other instrumentalities of the United States under the jurisdiction of the Armed Forces conducted for the comfort, pleasure, contentment, and mental and physical improvement of personnel ...
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    NSPS Frequently Asked Questions

    h3. Why do we need the National Security Personnel System? ● We need a flexible civilian management system that appropriately recognizes and rewards our employees' performance and the contributions they make to achieving DoD’s mission. ● It is one of many tools we can use to attract and retain valued employees ● It accelerates the Department's efforts to create a Total ...
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    Glossary of Federal Terms

    h4. O OCCUPATIONAL CODE — See definition of SERIES. OFFICIAL PERSONNEL FOLDER (OPF), Standard Form 66 — is a file containing records and documents related to civilian employment under title 5, U.S. Code. OPM — The Office of Personnel Management. A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, ...
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    Converting to NSPS: What You Need to Know

    h3. Do I need to do anything to ensure my position converts to NSPS? No. Your position converts automatically into NSPS based on your permanent position of record. h3. Will I lose salary when my position converts to NSPS? No. Your position converts into NSPS based on your permanent position of record without a loss of pay. If eligible, you may ...
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    Glossary of Federal Terms

    h4. P PAY ADJUSTMENT — Any increase or decrease in an employee's rate of basic pay when there is no change in the duties or responsibilities of the employee's position. A pay adjustment may include a change in the step at which the employee is paid. A change in the pay system under which the employee is paid is also a ...
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    Glossary of Federal Terms

    h4. Q QUALITY (STEP) INCREASE (QSI OR QI) — An increase in employee's rate of basic pay through an additional within-grade increase granted under 5 U.S.C. 5336 for sustained high quality performance. QUALIFICATIONS STANDARDS FOR THE GENERAL SCHEDULE (formerly Handbook X- 118) — The manual contains specific standards for General Schedule positions. A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, ...
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    Glossary of Federal Terms

    h4. S SABBATICAL — An absence from duty, without charge to pay or leave, that an agency may grant to a Senior Executive Service career appointee to engage in study or uncompensated work experience. SEASONAL EMPLOYEE — An employee who works on an annual recurring basis for periods of less than 12 months (2087 hours) each year. SCIENTIFIC AND PROFESSIONAL (ST) ...
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    Glossary of Federal Terms

    h4. T TEMP APPT-PER — (Sometimes referred to as "TAPER" appointment) A nature of action that documents a temporary appointment authorized by the Office of Personnel Management in the absence of eligibles who can be considered for permanent employment from a civil service register. The appointment is temporary, pending the establishment of a register from which permanent employees can be selected. ...
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    Glossary of Federal Terms

    h4. U UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION — Unemployment insurance for Federal employees. UNIFORMED SERVICES — The Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard) plus the commissioned officer corps of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, ...
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    Highest Paying State Government Computer Sciences and Mathematics Jobs

    Below is a list of the state government computer sciences and mathematics jobs with the highest annual salaries. 1) Computer Software Engineers - $74,910 Actuaries - $73,780 3) Computer Information Specialists - $64,360 4) Database Administrators - $63,680 Advance Your Career Do you want to learn more about careers in state government? Learn more here. 6) Computer Systems Analysts - $61,000 ...
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    Glossary of Federal Terms

    h4. V VETERAN — Means a person who was separated covered by the Federal Wage System and their pay with an honorable discharge or under honorable conditions from active duty in the Armed Forces performed during one of the periods described in 5 U.S.C. 2108. VETERANS' PREFERENCE — (See PREFERENCE) is an employee's category of entitlement to preference in the Federal ...
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    Highest Paying State Government Architecture and Engineering Jobs

    Below is a list of the ten state government architectural and engineering jobs with the highest annual salaries. 1) Architects - $69,560 2) Petroleum Engineers - $69,340 3) Electrical Engineers - $68,360 4) Materials Engineers - $68,080 Advance Your Career Do you want to learn more about careers in state government? Learn more here. 5) Mechanical Engineers - $66,810 6) Mining ...
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    Transportation Specialist

    Transportation Specialist
    [widget:10_steps_to_a_government_job] Salary Range: GS-15 ($115,317 - $149,000) Job Summary • Serve as the national and international expert providing transportation advice to communities in the U.S. Expected Duties and Responsibilities • Arrange for passenger travel via plane, bus, train, or boat. • Determine which vehicles to use based on freight or passenger-movement requirements. • Prepare transportation requests and shipping documents. Departments ...
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    Glossary of Federal Terms

    h4. W WAE (when actually employed) — See INTERMITTENT SERVICE. WAGE AREA — A geographical area within which a single set of regular wage schedules is applied uniformly by Federal installations to the covered occupations under the Federal Wage System. WAGE EMPLOYEES — Also called Federal wage employees or prevailing rate employees. These employees are in trades, crafts, or labor occupations ...
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    Nontraditional Jobs That Pay $100K

    Nontraditional Jobs That Pay $100K
    It's no secret that doctors, lawyers, traders and senior executives at large corporations typically earn six figures or more. But where are the $100,000 jobs for the rest of us - the 140 million American workers who lack the inclination, the aptitude or the tolerance for student debt to go for the classic big-money careers? It turns out that in 2008, ...
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    Highest Paying State Government Biological Sciences Jobs

    Below is a list of the ten state government biological sciences jobs that have the highest annual salaries. 1) Medical Scientists - $65,580 2) Animal Scientists - $63,160 3) Biological Scientists - $58,660 4) Epidemiologists - $54,870 5) Soil and Plant Scientists - $53,580 6) Biochemists / Biophysicists - $48,940 7) Zoologists - $48,660 8) Conservation Scientists - $48,250 9) Microbiologists ...
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    Astronomer

    Astronomer
    [widget:10_steps_to_a_government_job] Salary Range: GS-13 ($75,879.00 - $127,031.00) Job Summary • Core competencies and distinctive capabilities listed on the Air Force website are the following: "integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do." Qualifications • Be a United States citizen • Be aged over 21 years old • Pass a medical exam – checks vision, hearing, cardiovascular, mobility ...
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    Highest Paying State Government Physical Sciences Jobs

    Below is a list of the state government physical sciences jobs with the highest annual salaries. 1) Atmospheric Scientists - $68,810 2) Physicists - $60,110 3) Hydrologists - $56,770 4) Geoscientists - $52,710 Advance Your Career Do you want to learn more about careers in state government? Learn more here. 5) Environmental Scientists - $51,380 6) Chemists - $51,400 _Return to ...
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