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vm524  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, April 6, 2021 12:28:36 PM(UTC)
vm524

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I'm hoping I can get some guidance on a pay issue. I previously worked as an air traffic controller for the FAA. I had to leave the job due to medical issues. My pay as a controller we'll say was $100,000. After the FAA, I got hired at SSA at a GS-5/10 due to no experience in that position. HR mentioned that I would receive the maximum pay possible which was GS-5 step 10. They mentioned I would continuously receive the highest step at each grade, when I received a promotion, up until I matched my salary at the FAA. After a year with SSA, I received a promotion to GS-7 step 10 so all was good. Then I got hired at DOL and they matched may pay at GS-7 step 10. I assumed when I reached my year with DOL, they would do the same that SSA HR stated they would do which was to give me the highest possible pay under that grade until I matched my previous federal salary. When I received my SF-50 at the year mark, I only got a pay raise to GS-9 step 5 so I reached out to DOL HR because I was sure they forgot about my unique situation. The HR person stated that since this was considered a Highest Previous Rate issue and it is considered an entitlement, they would have to consult with DOL policy team to see if I was eligible for the raise to GS-9 step 10. My question is, am I not entitled to receiving the maximum step in each grade until I match my previous federal salary? Wouldn't my situation be considered pay retention?
vm524  
#2 Posted : Wednesday, April 7, 2021 6:18:35 AM(UTC)
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I forgot to mention that I had no break in service and the locality remains the same.
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