Step 00


Q. I am currently a federal police officer under the GS scale, who previously served under the AD system. Under the AD scale, I was making more than the current GS scale and a recent new hire from the Department of Homeland Security received a step 00. What is this step, and how is it applied?

A. Step 00 is the symbol used to designate a retained rate, one that is above the 10th step in the regular pay scale.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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