Q & A Session – Salary Cap Differences


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.


In my agency, I have reached the salary cap. However, I recently found out that another agency has a higher salary cap. Why would these differ?


Congress can do this and often does. For example, at the SES or equivalent pay level, Congress has created at least 88 different pay systems, many with different caps and some with no caps.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw, Bransford & Roth, PC.

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Debra Roth

Debra L. Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth, a federal employment law firm in Washington, D.C. She is general counsel to the Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association, host of the “FEDtalk” program on Federal News Radio, and a regular contributor to Federal News Radio’s “Federal Drive” morning show. Email your legal questions to lawyer@federaltimes.com.

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