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savickel27  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, June 09, 2010 3:26:39 AM(UTC)

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Would someone please enlighten me? I have poked around the NSPS manual and still have come up short on a concise answer. Basically I went from a GS-09 to GS-11(step-1) with an effective date of 09-08-2007. Then I went from GS-11(step-1) to GS-11(step-2) with an effective date of 08-31-2008. Easy enough so far, but this is where I am starting to get confused.  I am under a mandatory mobility clause and had to PCS from the U.S. to Germany where I was put into the NSPS system as a YA-02 with an increase of 1.9% to base salary based on a management-directed reassignment. This transaction had an effective date of 03-29-2009. The next transaction with an effective date of 01-03-2010 indicated that for NSPS I received a local market supplement of $0.00 dollars but I did receive a performance based increase to base salary of $631.00 and a lump sum performance payment of $126.00 dollars. This was followed by a Group Award of $1100.00 I received with an effective date of 02-01-2010. Well now that I am reverting back to GS from NSPS my base salary is still between GS-11 steps 2-3 being less than $75.00 dollars short of the start of step 4. I have now been moved up to the next highest step which is GS-11(step-3) with an effective date of 05-23-2010.

I guess my question is under normal GS step transitions from GS-11 step 1 thru step 4 at yearly intervals, has my next step progression from GS-11(step-3) to GS-11(step-4) started when I reverted back to the GS system on 05-23-2010 instead of the normal yearly progression that would have put in me in GS-11(step-4) around 09-01-2010? If that is the case it seems to me that I have lost nearly a year in step progression. Quoting from Transition from NSPS to GS Issue Date: March 5, 2010 “NSPS positions and employees will convert to the statutory pay system and all other aspects of the personnel system that last applied to the employee or position, or the statutory pay system that would have applied if NSPS had never been established”. Do I have a valid reason to be concerned and any comments are greatly appriciated. Thank you for your time.

Rich Nocis  
#2 Posted : Monday, June 14, 2010 9:34:30 AM(UTC)
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We just got our briefing today and your anniversary date will be 1 Jan 10.
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#3 Posted : Monday, June 14, 2010 10:57:34 PM(UTC)

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1 Jan 10 for everyone who converts this year?  So...on 1 Jan 2011, someone in a Step 1 pay will be advanced to a Step 2???

You'd think everyone would get information from our command and not through the Fed Soup grapevine...Wacko
 
Rich Nocis  
#4 Posted : Monday, June 14, 2010 11:03:57 PM(UTC)
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Yes
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#5 Posted : Tuesday, June 15, 2010 10:37:03 PM(UTC)

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It will not be 1 Jan for everyone. The FAQ of the DoD guide lists actions that effects the date of last equivalent (i.e. reassignment, promos, ACDP increase, performance increase, etc) to determine date next WGI is due. Savickle27, since your last equivalent increase was Jan 10, you will receive your next step Jan 11 since there's only a 52 week wait requirement to advance to steps 2-4.
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fcarver on 6/15/2010(UTC)
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#6 Posted : Wednesday, June 16, 2010 2:13:14 AM(UTC)

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NSPS employees are all rated/paid at the same time, correct?  I think my rating was in September and my raise was effective January 2010.  Will the Step increase be in September or January?
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#7 Posted : Wednesday, June 16, 2010 2:31:54 AM(UTC)
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Jan is what we were briefed.
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#8 Posted : Thursday, June 17, 2010 4:20:08 AM(UTC)

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If you got any pay increase when you transitioned out of NSPS, that is the date used for calculating time for next step. SharonL2010-06-17 12:25:31
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#9 Posted : Thursday, June 17, 2010 5:04:22 AM(UTC)

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Just got my paperwork today regarding my new GS pay, effective 20 June.
 
Was a GS-11 when I converted to NSPS
 
Got a reassignment Mar 2009 into a former GS-12 and received a $1,500 pay increase, which made my pay approx $10,000 less than my GS-12 counterparts at the same installation.  Cry
 
Now going back to the GS-12 with approx $6,000 pay increase to a GS-12-Step 1.  Clap
 
 If I had remained a GS employee, I would have received a Step 2 in Mar 2010, which I will never get back, and will loose another $25,000 (not including raises) during the next 10 years. Dead
 
But at least I'm FINALLY getting out of the No Security Personnel System (for me personally) and getting  real GS-12 pay. Cool
 
jake.valentine  
#10 Posted : Friday, June 18, 2010 1:34:05 AM(UTC)

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I am amazed at how different the information is at different commands. We were told that our time between steps will essentially start on the date we transition back to GS and not from the date of our last raise. When asked if the time between our last raise and the conversion was essentially "lost" time, we were told yes. I would love to find out the truth. 
ruckusm300  
#11 Posted : Friday, June 18, 2010 3:21:44 AM(UTC)

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jake.valentine wrote:
I am amazed at how different the information is at different commands. We were told that our time between steps will essentially start on the date we transition back to GS and not from the date of our last raise. When asked if the time between our last raise and the conversion was essentially "lost" time, we were told yes. I would love to find out the truth. 


Your command doesn't seem to be doing it right, transitioning from one pay system to another does NOT reset the date of last equivalent increase (DLEI).  It would be the last time you received a performance-based increase, which in almost everyone's case, is January 2010.

See the attached DoD guidance on transition, section 3 (Pay), questions A-3 and A-5:

http://www.cpms.osd.mil/nsps/docs/TransitionGuidanceChap6.pdf
ruckusm3002010-06-18 11:27:18
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#12 Posted : Friday, June 25, 2010 12:11:21 AM(UTC)

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NSPS Loser wrote:
Just got my paperwork today regarding my new GS pay, effective 20 June.
 
Was a GS-11 when I converted to NSPS
 
Got a reassignment Mar 2009 into a former GS-12 and received a $1,500 pay increase, which made my pay approx $10,000 less than my GS-12 counterparts at the same installation.  Cry
 
Now going back to the GS-12 with approx $6,000 pay increase to a GS-12-Step 1.  Clap
 
 If I had remained a GS employee, I would have received a Step 2 in Mar 2010, which I will never get back, and will loose another $25,000 (not including raises) during the next 10 years. Dead
 
But at least I'm FINALLY getting out of the No Security Personnel System (for me personally) and getting  real GS-12 pay. Cool
 
6-25-10 --My offical pay is documented in MyBiz.  GS12- Step 1.  Thank goodness NSPS is over for me!!!  LOLTongueThumbs Up WinkClapClapClapClapClapClapClapClapClapClapClapClap
jeserf  
#13 Posted : Friday, June 25, 2010 12:55:20 AM(UTC)

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What I want to know is when the heck are we going to know what our GS is?  I'm 99.9% sure, but we've got less than 10 weeks to go and still nothing - we get the same links to the stupid GS101 pages from our HR people.
What a poorly run transition.
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#14 Posted : Friday, June 25, 2010 1:42:41 AM(UTC)

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I think they delay notifying people of their GS grade as long as absolutely possible to avoid any kind of appeals/complaint process. My command already knows what the conversions will be, but our HR folks act like this info is TS/SCI info. Luckily for me, one of the HR employees was sympathetic and told me what I will transition to, but she was not supposed to. 
dfhensley  
#15 Posted : Friday, June 25, 2010 2:29:46 AM(UTC)

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Well got my 50 today.  I was a YC 02 with pay at the 13 step 9.  Now I am a GS 12 step 00 or in other words step 18.  Well what next?Evil Smile
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#16 Posted : Tuesday, June 29, 2010 1:11:39 AM(UTC)

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Also just found out that I will receive a step increase 3 Jan 2011 since my last increase was 2 Jan 2010.  This is good news!  Don't have to wait 12 months from NSPS to GS transition date.ClapClapClap
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#17 Posted : Tuesday, June 29, 2010 1:17:05 AM(UTC)

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Go into MyBiz when you get everything finalized.  It will tell you when your next step is due.  Under NSPS my last increase was 2 Jan 2010.  I will get a WGI 3 Jan 2011.  This info I read directly from MyBizClap

sakijo  
#18 Posted : Tuesday, June 29, 2010 6:20:08 AM(UTC)

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We were told it would be 1 Jan 2010 for everyone in our command.  And to make sure no one got a different date, they stopped working on all personnel actions until the conversion was completed.
 
My job was a GS-12, but somehow became a GS-11 in the conversion.  So now, instead of being mid-range GS-12 still eligible for step increases, I'm a maxed out, over GS-11 step 10 only eligible for 1/2 of the annual January pay raise.  We didn't even get SF 50s, just a letter.
ruckusm300  
#19 Posted : Tuesday, June 29, 2010 6:24:54 AM(UTC)

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sakijo wrote:
We were told it would be 1 Jan 2010 for everyone in our command.  And to make sure no one got a different date, they stopped working on all personnel actions until the conversion was completed.
 
My job was a GS-12, but somehow became a GS-11 in the conversion.  So now, instead of being mid-range GS-12 still eligible for step increases, I'm a maxed out, over GS-11 step 10 only eligible for 1/2 of the annual January pay raise.  We didn't even get SF 50s, just a letter.


Same here, all our personnel actions are suspended until August, and we converted back to GS on 20 June.  We got letters as well, but we can print our SF-50s off MyBiz.
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#20 Posted : Friday, December 09, 2011 10:38:46 AM(UTC)
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So, all, I know this post is old, but our Agency just transitioned this year from NSPS to GS.  How is everyone feeling at this point? I was only in the gov for 11 months before we converted, but I thought NSPS was pretty cool; pretty comparable to how life worked when I was in private industry before this.

So, here's what I'm bummed about. I'm a 2210 (IT Specialist, InfoSec). Under NSPS, we were all the same, base pay plus locality pay. BUT, under GS, there's a special pay table (OPM 999B) for IT specialists worldwide.

Special pay table? Sounds awesome, right? I thought so. Instead of base plus locality (16% where iI live), the special pay table is base plus supplement (30% at GS9, 18% for GS11). So, being naive, I'm thinking "YES! I'm gonna get a RAISE!". I thought I'd be getting at least 2% more over my base pay, which was cool.

Soooooo......... I was rocking out under NSPS with a base pay between GS-11 Step 4 and Step 5. So, silly me, figured I wouldn't lose base pay right? Isn't that some kind of rule/law/reg? So I'm looking at GS-11 Step 5, thinking "That's pretty good money, I'd be super happy with that."

BUT, here's what they did. They didn't use BASE PAY, they used TOTAL PAY???????? So, to recap, my actual base was $55,377 (between GS11 Step 4 and 5). With Locality, I was at $64k and change. 

So, what did they do? They found the level on 999B that matched my TOTAL. So, I became a GS-9 Step 7. OK, so my total pay is the same, true. I didn't lose money. BUT, my base pay is now $49,873 (GS9 Step 7 base pay).  So, without any negative supervisory actions, no voluntary reduction in grade, I lost $6k off my base pay.

I wouldn't gripe about it, except that now if I move to another job, etc everything's based on this new base pay, which is less than it was when I started with the gov.

Is this right? I'm probably well past the point of being able to grieve. We converted in May/June and it's december now. 

Just curious what people think.
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