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

(ii) An employee’s adjusted rate of pay under the project (including any locality payment) is converted to a GS rate on the highest applicable rate range for the converted GS grade. (For this purpose, a GS rate range includes a rate range in (1) the GS base schedule, (2) an applicable locality rate schedule, or (3) an applicable special rate schedule.)

(iii) If the highest applicable GS rate range is a locality pay rate range, the employee’s adjusted project rate is converted to a GS locality rate of pay.  If this rate falls between two steps in the locality-adjusted schedule, the rate must be set at the higher step.  The converted GS unadjusted rate of basic pay would be the GS base rate corresponding to the converted GS locality rate (i.e., same step position).  If this employee is also covered by a special rate schedule as a GS employee, the converted special rate will be determined based on the GS step position.  This underlying special rate will be basic pay for certain purposes for which the employee’s higher locality rate is not basic pay.

(iv) If the highest applicable GS rate range is a special rate range, the employee’s adjusted demonstration project rate is converted to a special rate.  If this rate falls between two steps in the special rate schedule, the rate must be set at the higher step.  The converted GS unadjusted rate of basic pay will be the GS rate corresponding to the converted special rate (i.e., same step position).

3.  Employees Receiving a Retained Rate Under the Project

If an employee is receiving a retained rate under the demonstration project, the employee’s GS-equivalent grade is the highest grade encompassed in his or her broadband level.  The DUSD (AR) and the DASD (CPP) will coordinate with OPM to prescribe a procedure for determining GS-equivalent pay rates for employees receiving retained rates.

4.  Years of Retention Service Credit and Appraisal Rating Provisions

Employees leaving the demonstration project will be assigned ratings of record that conform with pattern E of 5 CFR 430.208(d) based on the years of credit accumulated for the 3 most recent years during the last 4 years while under the demonstration project.  Since the demonstration project does not make use of summary level designators (e.g., Outstanding, Level 5; Highly Successful, Level 4; Fully Successful, Level 3; or Unacceptable, Level 1) used in the appraisal system and programs constructed under 5 U.S.C. Chapter 43 and 5 CFR Part 430, the retention service credit that is based on the employee’s OCS as shown in Table 7 will be translated to summary level designators as shown in Table 8 for use by the gaining agency.

TABLE 8 - TRANSLATION OF RETENTION SERVICE CREDIT

RETENTION SERVICE CREDIT

APPRAISAL RATING LEVEL

20

Outstanding or equivalent, Level 5

16

Highly Successful or equivalent, Level 4

12

Fully Successful or equivalent, Level 3

0

Unsuccessful, Level 1

5.  Within-Grade Increase -- Equivalent Increase Determinations

Service under the demonstration project is creditable for within-grade increase purposes upon conversion back to the GS pay system.  CCAS base salary increases (including a zero increase) under the demonstration project are equivalent increases for the purpose of determining the commencement of a within-grade increase waiting period under 5 CFR 531.405(b).

VI.  PROJECT DURATION

The project evaluation plan addresses how each intervention will be comprehensively evaluated

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