[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 63 (Friday, April 1, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 18262-18263]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-7672]


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OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT


January 2011 Pay Schedules

AGENCY: U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The President has signed an Executive order stating that 
certain civilian employee pay schedules are not adjusted in 2011 and 
remain at 2010 levels. This notice serves as documentation for the 
public record.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa Dismond, Pay and Leave, Employee 
Services, U.S. Office of Personnel Management; (202) 606-2858; FAX 
(202) 606-0824; or email to pay-leave-policy@opm.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 22, 2010, the President signed 
Executive Order 13561 (75 FR 81817), which documented the January 2011 
pay schedules. Pursuant to Public Law 111-242, as amended by Public Law 
111-322, December 22, 2010, the Executive order provides that 2011 pay 
rates for the civilian employee pay schedules covered by the order are 
not adjusted and remain at 2010 levels.
    Schedule 1 of Executive Order 13561 provides the rates for the 2011 
General Schedule (GS) and reflects no increase from 2010. Executive 
Order 13561 also includes the percentage amounts of the 2011 locality 
payments, which remain at 2010 levels except for employees in 
nonforeign areas. (See Section 5 and Schedule 9 of Executive Order 
13561.)
    The publication of this notice satisfies the requirement in section 
5(b) of Executive Order 13561 that the U.S. Office of Personnel 
Management (OPM) publish appropriate notice of the 2011 locality 
payments in the Federal Register.
    GS employees receive locality payments under 5 U.S.C. 5304. 
Locality payments apply in the United States (as defined in 5 U.S.C. 
5921(4)) and its territories and possessions. In 2011, locality 
payments ranging from 9.44 percent to 35.15 percent apply to GS 
employees in the 34 locality pay areas. The 2011 locality pay area 
definitions can be found at http://www.opm.gov/oca/11tables/locdef.asp.
    The 2011 locality pay percentages became effective on the first day 
of the first pay period beginning on or after January 1, 2011 (January 
2, 2011). An employee's locality rate of pay is computed by increasing 
his or her scheduled annual rate of pay (as defined in 5 CFR 531.602) 
by the applicable locality pay percentage. (See 5 CFR 531.604 and 
531.609.) The Non-Foreign Area Retirement Equity Assurance Act of 2009 
contained in subtitle B (sections 1911-1919) of title XIX of the 
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (Pub. L. 111-
84, October 28, 2009) extended coverage of the locality pay program to 
employees in Alaska, Hawaii, and the other nonforeign areas in 2010. 
For 2011, the statute provides that employees in each of these areas 
receive two-thirds of the applicable locality rate.
    Executive Order 13561 documents that the Executive Schedule rates 
of pay remain at the 2010 levels. By law, Executive Schedule officials 
are not authorized to receive locality payments.
    Executive Order 13561 documents the 2011 range of rates of basic 
pay for senior executives in the Senior Executive Service (SES) under 5 
U.S.C. 5382. The minimum rate of basic pay for the SES remains at 
$119,554 in 2011. The maximum rate of the SES rate range continues to 
be $179,700 (level II of the Executive Schedule) for SES members 
covered by a certified SES performance appraisal system and $165,300 
(level III of the Executive Schedule) for SES members covered by an SES 
performance appraisal system that has not been certified.
    The minimum rate of basic pay for the senior-level (SL) and 
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professional (ST) rate range remains at $119,554 in 2011. The 
applicable maximum rate of the SL/ST rate range continues to be 
$179,700 (level II of the Executive Schedule) for SL or ST employees 
covered by a certified SL/ST performance appraisal system and $165,300 
(level III of the Executive Schedule) for SL or ST employees covered by 
an SL/ST performance appraisal system that has not been certified. 
Agencies with certified performance appraisal systems in 2011 for SES 
members and employees in SL and ST positions also must apply a higher 
aggregate limitation on pay--up to the Vice President's salary 
($230,700 in 2011, the same level as in 2010).
    By law, SES members and employees in SL and ST positions are not 
authorized to receive locality payments. Note: An exception applies to 
SES, SL, and ST employees stationed in a nonforeign area on January 2, 
2010, which is explained in an OPM memorandum, CPM 2009-27. (See http://www.opm.gov/oca/compmemo/index.asp.)
    Executive Order 13561 provides that the rates of basic pay for 
administrative law judges (ALJs) under 5 U.S.C. 5372 are not increased 
in 2011. The rate of basic pay for AL-1 remains at $155,500 (equivalent 
to the rate for EX-IV). The rate of basic pay for AL-2 remains at 
$151,800. The rates of basic pay for AL-3/A through 3/F continue to 
range from $103,900 to $143,700.
    The rates of basic pay for members of Contract Appeals Boards are 
calculated as a percentage of the rate for level IV of the Executive 
Schedule. (See 5 U.S.C. 5372a.) Therefore, these rates of basic pay are 
not increased in 2011.
    On December 13, 2010, the President's Pay Agent extended locality-
based comparability payments to certain categories of non-GS employees 
again in 2011. The Governmentwide categories include ALJs and Contract 
Appeals Board members. The maximum locality rate of pay for these 
employees is the rate for level III of the Executive Schedule ($165,300 
in 2011, the same level as in 2010).
    On December 27, 2010, OPM issued a memorandum (CPM 2010-20) on the 
Executive order for the 2011 pay schedules. (See http://www.opm.gov/oca/compmemo/index.asp.) The memorandum transmitted Executive Order 
13561 and provided the 2011 salary tables, locality pay areas and 
percentages, and information on general pay administration matters and 
other related information. The ``2011 Salary Tables'' posted on OPM's 
Web site at http://www.opm.gov/oca/11tables/index.asp are the official 
rates of pay for affected employees and are hereby incorporated as part 
of this notice.

U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
John Berry,
Director.
[FR Doc. 2011-7672 Filed 3-31-11; 8:45 am]
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