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Accrual Rates for SES, SL/ST, or Equivalent Pay Systems

U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Members of the Senior Executive Service (SES), employees in senior level (SL) and scientific or professional (ST) positions accrue annual leave at the rate of 1 day (8 hours) for each full biweekly pay period.

In addition OPM has extended coverage for the 8-hour category to employees in the following equivalent categories:


1) Senior Foreign Service


2) Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service


3) Senior Cryptologic Executive Service


4) Federal Bureau of Investigation Senior Executive Service


5) Drug Enforcement Administration Senior Executive Service


6) Department of Defense Highly Qualified Experts, paid under 5 U.S.C. 9303(b)



7) Defense Intelligence Senior Level employees paid under 10 U.S.C. 1602


8) Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s employees in Executive Manager (EM) positions;


9) Employees in the Corporation for National and Community Service’s NX-2 pay band


10) Streamlined critical pay employees of the Internal Revenue Service who are paid under 5 U.S.C. 9503


11) Employees in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Senior Level System (SLS)


12) The Senior Counsel and the Director, External Affairs, at the United States Holocaust Museum


13) The Farm Credit Administration’s employees in grades VH 42-45


14) Employees in Pay Band V of the Department of Energy’s EJ, EK, and EN excepted pay systems


15) Positions covered by the Library of Congress Executive Schedule (EX) – i.e., the Deputy Librarian of Congress, the Director of the Congressional Research Service, and the Register of Copyrights


16) National Defense University’s AD employees hired under 10 U.S.C. 1595


17) Executive Director for the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board


18) The Federal Housing Finance Board’s TF-1 through TF-5 employees


19) Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight’s OF23 – OF27 employees


Agency heads may request that OPM authorize an 8-hour annual leave accrual rate for employees who hold positions covered by pay systems which they believe are equivalent to the SES or SL/ST pay system.



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