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splitpea  
#1 Posted : Saturday, October 13, 2018 10:34:28 AM(UTC)

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I need advice on which offer to accept. I was offered a QSI during my performance evaluation but I am currently a GS14 Step 3. I will become a Step 4 in April. Because of my Step 3 status I was offered an on the spot cash award around $1,500-$2,200 in lieu of the QSI.

My question is, over the long run which is the better deal? I plan to stay with my office for years to come.

Also, if I go with the QSI will I automatically become a Step 5 exactly 52 weeks from the Step 4 quality Step?


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DaVinci95  
#2 Posted : Saturday, October 13, 2018 3:33:38 PM(UTC)
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Getting the step increase 6 months early is about equivalent to the cash award they are offering. If you plan on staying a 14 through the next WGI, then taking the QSI will be better in the long run. Step 5 will come 2 years from the date you get step 4.
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#3 Posted : Monday, October 22, 2018 4:02:10 AM(UTC)

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Take the QSI!
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#4 Posted : Monday, October 22, 2018 4:08:33 AM(UTC)

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Also, to clarify how this will work: You are currently a step 3 which means 52 weeks between steps, but the time frame from step 4 to step 5 is 104 weeks; the QSI does not reset the starting date of your WIGI. So, here is how this will work out:

1. You received step 3 in April of 2018 and are due for step 4 in April 2019

2. You receive a QSI to step 4 now (which changes the interval from 52 weeks to 104 weeks, HOWEVER, the QSI does not change the original starting date of your waiting period (i.e., April 2018).

3. Your regular step increase to step 5 will now occur in April 2020 instead of April 2019. (April 2018 to April 2020 = 104 weeks)

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