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1474Federal Register / Vol. 64, No. 5 / Friday, January 8, 1999 / Notices

of the following options to use:

(a) re-certify the employee’s last contribution appraisal; or

(b) presume the employee is contributing consistently with his/her pay level and will be given the full general increase.

Pay adjustments will be made on the basis of the CCAS appraisal or substitute determination and the employee’s rate of basic pay.  Pay adjustments are subject to pay-out rules discussed in section III D 5.  Final pay determinations will be made at the pay pool manager’s level.  CCAS scores can only be adjusted after discussion with the rating official.

Pay adjustments will be documented by SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.  For historical and analytical purposes, the effective date of CCAS assessments, actual appraisal scores, actual salary increases, amounts contributed to the pay pool, and applicable “bonus” amounts will be maintained for each demonstration project employee.

4.  Pay Pools

The pay pool structure and allocated funds are under the authority of the local commander or equivalent.  The following minimal guidelines will apply:  (a) a pay pool is based on the organizational structure and should include a range of salaries and contribution levels; (b) a pay pool should be large enough to constitute a reasonable statistical sample, i.e., not less than 35 individuals (when possible) or more than 300 individuals; (c) a pay pool must be large enough to include a second level of supervision, since the CCAS process uses a group of supervisors in the pay pool to determine OCS and recommended salary adjustments; and (d) neither the pay pool manager nor the supervisors within a pay pool will recommend or set their own individual pay levels.

The amount of money available within a pay pool is determined by the general pay increase and the money that would have been available for quality step increases, within-grade increases, awards (performance-based awards as defined in 5 U.S.C. 4505(a)), promotions between grades encompassed in the same broadband level, and other appropriate factors (reference section VIII B).  However, the awards money portion cannot be used for increments to salary.  The dollars to be included in the pay pool will be computed based on the salaries of the employees in the pay pool as of September 30 each year.

5.  Salary Adjustment Guidelines

After the initial assignment into the CCAS, employees’ yearly contributions will be determined by the CCAS process described above, and their overall contribution scores versus their current rate of basic pay will be plotted on a graph along with the NPR (see Figure 2).

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