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fersfirst  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, December 27, 2011 3:31:45 AM(UTC)
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Hello;
I received a tentative salary offer of $38K. However, upon checking my first LES I noticed a drastic difference, of about $7K from what was originally offered. My HR office apologized for the error, even though my decision to take the job was based largely in part to the salary offer. I accepted the offer in writing but since the HR specialist was not authorized to offer such a high salary, I wonder if the agency which hired me is under any obligation to fulfill the same.
Any guidance received is sincerely appreciated.
 
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Scotter  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, December 27, 2011 3:45:58 AM(UTC)
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Does your SF-50 have the same salary as your offer letter? If so I would say bring it to your managers attention, if you haven't already, and fight it.
 
If not, you're going to get what is listed on the 50 action form.
 
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palmajc  
#3 Posted : Tuesday, December 27, 2011 4:20:31 AM(UTC)
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Scotter,

I PCS'd to Italy with a firm job offer for a GS-12 Step 5 (tentative offer stated the same).  At no time did any of my paperwork state anything other than the salary for the Step 5.  I have in-processed and rec'd my first LES....GS-12 Step 1!!  I immediately called the Manpower folks telling them my pay was incorrect.  She said I would have to contact CPAC.  She also asked if I had my offer letter and I said yes. I emailed my CPAC representative with a copy of my LES and FIRM offer letter telling her my pay was incorrect.  She said the RPA was processed incorrectly and she would take care of it.  Well as you can figure, I rec'd a call today from someone in CPAC (not my rep) stating the offer of a Step 5 was a mistake and they would have to change it to a Step 1.  I told her that it wasn't my mistake, I accepted the job as a Step 5 (at no time did I ask for a step increase or negotiate anything; all correspondence from CPAC stated Step 5!) and I wasn't going to just accept a "mistake"!  I have an appointment to go speak to her tomorrow.  And I will NOT sign anything before I've spoken to JAG!!

However, until then I'm curious:  Isn't the firm job offer a binding contract from the government?  I did not get a copy of my SF50 during in-processing because I figured she had to finish processing me into the system before I'd get a copy.  What recourse, if any, do I have?  I'm not sure where to specifically look to find out how much control I have over this "mistake".

Any and all help/advice is greatly appreciated!

JP
palmajc  
#4 Posted : Tuesday, December 27, 2011 4:21:55 AM(UTC)
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PS...I'm a new civil servant!  First job as a GS.

Thanks!
JP
Knight  
#5 Posted : Tuesday, December 27, 2011 4:58:02 AM(UTC)
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With the Government there is never a firm contract on their part, just on yours. I have never seen anyone win saying they were offered something and it changed after that. If you do win, let us know.
 
Good luck.
Fed1969  
#6 Posted : Thursday, December 29, 2011 12:33:52 AM(UTC)
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Welcome to the federal government.

How do you know that the HR office that made the offer was not authorized to do so.    Have you verified this with the office that made the offer?

You can file a grievance saying you would not have accepted the position if it were only a step 1, and this is a hardship for you.  This may or may not get you a higher step.

Wish you the best


RetirednHappy  
#7 Posted : Friday, December 30, 2011 5:06:59 AM(UTC)
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That's probably one of the reasons it is called a "tentative job offer".  The salary is finalized after all your paperwork is reviewed and evaluated.  Be careful about saying you would not have accepted the position at the lower salary, unless you are prepared to have the entire offer rescinded, leaving you without a job at all.  Just sayin' .... Good luck.
Fed1969  
#8 Posted : Sunday, January 01, 2012 11:21:44 AM(UTC)
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fersfirst,

Let us know what happens.

Happy New Year
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