Q&A Session – NSPS Pay Retention


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


With the transition back to the General Schedule (GS) from the National Security Personnel System (NSPS), can they lower the grade level or pay of the employee?


The conversion from NSPS back to the General Schedule has caused a great deal of confusion. Employees are supposed to be moved from their NSPS designation to a GS position with the equivalent duties and responsibilities. An employee is not supposed to see a decrease in pay. However, if you were making a salary under NSPS that is higher than the GS salary for your converted position, you will be placed under pay retention – which means you will not be eligible for full salary adjustments until the General Schedule catches up. Your supervisor and HR specialist should be able to discuss your specific situation.

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  1. I am under pay retention because I returned from a U.S. Navy Civil Service Job in Saudi Arabia to a return rights position at Camp Pendleton. I went from a GS-14 to a GS012 position but retained pay which is above the maximum a GS-13 will earn. How long do I retain that saved pay if I stay in the current position?

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