OPM’s new acting director, Michael Rigas, sent a letter to Agency heads regarding the waiving of Biweekly Premium Pay Limitations for employees who work for agencies that receive premium pay funding from FEMA emergency funds. This gives the leadership of several agencies the authority to boost the pay for several of their employees who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis. The premium pay equates to about a $13 per hour raise.
Typically, these employees that receive premium pay can do so only if their basic pay plus premium pay for the year doesn’t exceed the payrate for GS-15, step 10 (including locality pay) or the executive schedule’s level V (whichever is greater). The discretion to waive these limits has been given to agency heads so long as it is for employees directly involved with the coronavirus emergency.
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