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teahalffull  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, January 12, 2022 9:18:46 PM(UTC)
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Hi federal community here on Federal Soup!

So I am currently a fed employee myself (I was GS-9, step 6 in late 2020. After 1 year, I was promoted to GS-11, step 2). I made a mistake of lowballing myself by accepting a lower salary in this current job (I was making way higher salary than my current job; it's still even higher than after my promotion to GS-11). Let's just say I was stupid to follow a terrible advice from a horrible person who did not my best interest at heart.

So I recently received an offer to join a different fed agency under different department. It's GS-11 position, but I want to know if it's good or bad idea to negotiate for step 10 in GS-11 pay band to make up for what I lost. I mean we are talking like jumping from step 2 to step 10. Is it very drastic? Not breaking any HR policy?

I was told that the level of responsibility for a grade level is the same no matter which step you are in, so I should just ask for the highest step 10 anyways.

Please let me know your thoughts on this. Much appreciation in advance.

-teahalffull (sorry, I wish to be anonymous)
someoldguy  
#2 Posted : Thursday, January 13, 2022 1:42:28 AM(UTC)
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You can always ask. But what will you do if they dont agree?

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I made a mistake of lowballing myself by accepting a lower salary in this current job (I was making way higher salary than my current job; it's still even higher than after my promotion to GS-11)
Do you mean you were making a lot more money before you took that GS-9 offer? Maybe you were, but that's ancient history now. In most cases, a federal HR office will look at your current fed salary and start from there. If you are currently an 11/2 then that is where the discussion will start, and most likely where it will end up.

Good luck! Never hurts to ask.
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Delta Romeo  
#3 Posted : Thursday, January 13, 2022 4:47:41 AM(UTC)
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I'm not certain that you can negotiate as a current federal employee. I tried and was kindly denied with a detailed explanation of the two-step rule. However, my situation was a promotion to a higher grade, not one agency to another at the same grade. I would say that there is no harm in asking. Two ways that it can go; you get denied because of the two-step rule or they approve it.

https://www.opm.gov/poli.../fact-sheets/promotions/
Navy Bubblehead  
#4 Posted : Tuesday, January 18, 2022 5:15:26 AM(UTC)
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There is no negotiation once you are in the Federal system. Pay/promotion rules are fixed and HR will not deviate. Where you should have negotiated was when coming in as a GS-9. At that point you might have been able to get stepped out to a Step 10, which would have been closest to your outside salary. Then promotions would have been based from there and you could have added a few steps. Negotiating at this point is a non-starter. But good luck with that if you try.
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