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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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    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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    h4. R "RARE BIRD" POSITION — One where the OPM has determined that the pay or duties of the position are such, or that the qualified persons are so few, it would not be in the interest of good civil service administration to fill the position through open-competitive examination. RATE OF BASIC PAY — The rate of pay fixed by law ...
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    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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    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. 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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    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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    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. 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. I ILIA — An acronym that stands for "in lieu of involuntary action" and is used with certain natures of action. INDEFINITE APPOINTMENT — One given a nonpermanent employee who is hired for an unlimited period of time. INDUCTION — See EOD. INJURY COMPENSATION — The compensation and medical care provided to civilian Federal employees for disability due to personal ...
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    h4. H HEARING — The presentation of such oral and written evidence concerning an appeal or equal employment opportunity complaint that the appeal authority or complaints examiner deems pertinent to the consideration of the appeal or complaint on its merits. 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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    Glossary of Federal Terms

    h4. G GENERAL DISCHARGE — A discharge granted from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions. GENERAL SCHEDULE — The GS graded pay system established under the Classification Act of 1949, as amended. Click here to view GS schedule. GM WITHIN-GRADE INCREASE — is an agency-awarded increase in basic rate of pay, with no change in grade, to an employee who is ...
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    Glossary of Federal Terms

    h4. F FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SERVICE — The total of all periods of military and civilian Federal service considered for retirement, reduction in force, and leave purposes. FEDERAL MERIT SYSTEM — A complete system of personnel selection and management based on an integrated set of personnel policies, procedures and practices designed to accomplish three basic objectives: (1) to recruit a competent work ...
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    Glossary of Federal Terms

    h4. E EFFECTIVE DATE — The date on which a personnel action takes place and on which the employee's official assignment begins. EOD (ENTRY ON DUTY) — The process by which a person completes the necessary paperwork and is sworn in as an employee. EX-SERVICE PERSON — A person who was separated from active duty performed in peacetime or wartime. (A ...
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    Glossary of Federal Terms

    h4. D DEMOTION — See CHANGE TO LOWER GRADE DENIAL OF WITHIN-GRADE INCREASE — The decision to withhold (not grant) a within-grade increase to a General Schedule employee because of a determination that the employee's performance is not at an acceptable level of competence. DETAIL — A temporary assignment of an employee to a different position for a specified period, with ...
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    Glossary of Federal Terms

    h4. C "CA"APPOINTMENTS — Canal Area appointments that are made under the Panama Canal Employment System. CAO (CHANGE OF APPOINTING OFFICE) — Movement of an employee from the jurisdiction of one appointing officer in an agency to that of another appointing officer in the same agency. This usually involves a move from a position for which one personnel office provides service ...
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    Glossary of Federal Terms

    h4. B BREAK IN SERVICE — The time when an employee is no longer on the payroll of an agency. (In computing creditable service for benefits, e.g., leave accrual and reduction in force retention, a separation of 1, 2, or 3 calendar days is not considered to be a break in service; a separation of 4 or more calendar days is ...
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    General Schedule Pay Scale

    General Schedule Pay Scale
    Over 70 percent of the Federal workforce is paid according to the General Pay Scale. The scale can be difficult to understand for both new and even experienced Federal employees. This article attempts to clarify exactly how government wages are distributed to government employees. Each Federal job is given a specific rating from one to fifteen depending on the amount of ...
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