1. Who do I contact if I encounter a pay problem?
Answer: If you encounter a pay problem during deployment, contact the deployed Customer Service Representative (CSR) immediately. Each individual is given the name and means of contacting the deployed CSR during pre-deployment preparation. If you realize there is a pay problem after return to the home station, you should contact the deployed CSR via e-mail, with a copy to the home station CSR.
2. What are my basic pay entitlements when deployed to the CENTCOM area of operations (AOR)?
Answer: In addition to the information below, there is a chart at TAB A, which outlines the basic entitlements for deployment to the CENTCOM AOR.
: In addition to the information below, there is a chart at TAB A, which outlines the basic entitlements for deployment to the CENTCOM AOR.
A) Locality Pay - Employees in TDY status retain their basic pay and locality pay. Employees on a temporary change of station (TCS)/reassignment to Iraq, Afghanistan, or other OCONUS countries do not receive locality pay;
B) Premium Pay - Overtime, night differential, Sunday, and holiday premium pay, governed by 5 CFR 550, must be reported on the time and attendance card and are all included in the annual limitation on premium pay. The annual limitation is further discussed in item 5, below.
i) Overtime – All General Schedule (GS) and Wage Grade (WG) employees deployed to an overseas location are exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act, thus the overtime rate is the no higher than the rate for GS-10 Step 1, regardless of the employee’s grade. The GS-10, step 1 rate for calendar year 2009 is $45,095 per annum. Employees are not eligible for overtime pay for travel outside of non-duty hours, responding to an alarm during non-duty hours, or any other on-call situations.
ii) Night Differential – GS employees receive a 10% differential for all regularly scheduled hours from 1800-0600. WG employees receive a 7.5% differential for all regularly scheduled hours from 1500-2400; the differential increases to 10% if the regularly scheduled work is between 2300-0800. The rate at which a WG employee is compensated is determined according to whether the majority of the work is performed in one or the other of the two time periods listed.
iii) Sunday – Sunday pay consists of basic pay plus premium pay at a rate equal to 25% of the rate of basic pay for each hour of Sunday work up to a maximum of 8 hours (or the number of hours on an established compressed work schedule, whichever is greater) when Sunday is a part of the employee’s regularly scheduled tour of duty. Additionally, those employees are compensated for Sunday hours worked when they are in paid leave or excused leave status on Sunday, when they would have otherwise been working the regularly scheduled tour of duty. Employees are not entitled to Sunday pay during training. Sunday pay is not included in the rate of basic pay used to compute the pay for holiday work, overtime pay, or night pay differential.
iii) Holiday – Holiday pay consists of basic rate of pay, plus the premium rate which is a rate equal to the basic pay rate, for holiday work not in excess of 8 hours. Employees assigned to duty on a holiday are entitled to pay for at least 2 hours of holiday work. Holiday work is in addition to overtime pay or night pay differential, or premium pay for Sunday work, but is not included in the rate of basic pay for determining the overtime, night differential and Sunday work rates of premium pay. An employee is not entitled to holiday premium pay while engaged in training.
C) Post Differential – Determined by the State Department. Amount is dependent upon work location. Post differential is retroactive to the first day after serving 42 consecutive days in country. If deployed in TDY status, claim for payment, via the SF 1190, must be filed at the end of the TDY tour. This rate is reviewed by the State Department biennially and adjusted as determined by the State Department. Web address for viewing post differential
D) Danger Pay – Determined by the State Department. Amount is dependent upon work location. Danger pay is earned as of first day in country. If deployed in TDY status, claim for payment, via the SF-1190, must be filed at the end of the TDY tour.
E) Imminent Danger Pay – Flat monthly rate (currently $225) determined by the State Department. Civilian entitlement applies only in those areas where military are paid imminent danger pay and there is no provision for danger pay for civilians who are assigned in support of the military operation. Once there is a decision to grant danger pay to civilians, the civilians can no longer receive imminent danger pay. A list of the Department of State authorized payments is available at the following web site: http://aoprals.state.gov/Web920/.