Special pay rate and locality adjustment


Q: I am an employee at a VA hospital under the TCF program. I am a TCF intern, so I am on a special pay pate. With the elimination of the FCIP program that hired me, I have been converted to a permanent employee. Before the conversion I was getting paid an additional locality adjustment on top of my special pay rate, but now I am getting my special pay without the locality adjustment. Am I supposed to get an additional locality adjustment on top of my special pay, or should I only be receiving my special pay rate without the locality adjustment?

A: It’s possible that your special pay matches or exceeds the basic pay for your grade, including locality pay. If it does then you wouldn’t be entitled to any further adjustment. Check with your payroll office.


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