Q & A Session – Right to Potential Pay?


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.


I am a civilian employee for the US Army. When we converted from the NSPS pay system to the GS, many of us in our office lost a significant amount in potential pay. Is there a way to get this potential pay back?


Congress has the authority to change the pay systems governing federal employees. They were aware of the change in the potential pay when they ended NSPS and put employees back on the GS scale. You have no right to “potential” pay. 

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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