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    PassedPhaseOne Guest

    FP 2009 pay scale?

    I am being evaluated for a DSS agent position at the FP-06 grade level. Is there a table or site somewhere that lists the FP pay scale for 2009? I found this link on state.gov but it is the FS scale, and I'm not sure if it is the same:

    http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/113576.pdf

    I'm also trying to determine if the locality pay is the same for FP as it is in the link above...

    Thanks!

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    whatchagot Guest
    Locality is set government wide for employees under all different types of pay scales. That part shouldn't change. Can't tell you much about FP versus FS though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PassedPhaseOne View Post
    I am being evaluated for a DSS agent position at the FP-06 grade level. Is there a table or site somewhere that lists the FP pay scale for 2009? I found this link on state.gov but it is the FS scale, and I'm not sure if it is the same:

    http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/113576.pdf

    I'm also trying to determine if the locality pay is the same for FP as it is in the link above...

    Thanks!
    You have the right pay scale for 2009. FS is the pay scale. FP has to do with the fact that you are applying for a specialist position and not a generalist position. It's an HR thing. Don't forget that they add 25% LEAP to this (after locality) after you are done with training. You will get locality during training based on your duty location.

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    PassedPhaseOne Guest
    Ah...ok...thanks.

    So the actual salary would be:

    FP-06 + locality pay + 25% LEAP?
    (I assume that LEAP is 25% of your base only, not base + locality pay?)

    Does a DSS Special Agent get LEAP pay regardless of what he/she is doing (protection, investigation, etc.) and where he/she is deployed (US vs. overseas)?

    So if I am at FP-06...where do the "steps" come in? I thought I saw an earlier post that said all agents come in at Step 3?

    Thanks in advance!

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    whatchagot Guest
    LEAP is actually figured on top of your base pay plus locality. It would be FP-06+Locality=X. Then multiply X by 1.25 to get your salary. LEAP is paid based upon your availability to work an average of two hours overtime per day. Some agencies track this very carefully, some do not. I know some agents from a big name federal agency who call their annual LEAP certification letter "The Lie Sheet." Once you're deployed, a whole different set of entitlements kick in, but I can't address DS specifically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PassedPhaseOne View Post
    Ah...ok...thanks.

    So the actual salary would be:

    FP-06 + locality pay + 25% LEAP?
    (I assume that LEAP is 25% of your base only, not base + locality pay?)

    Does a DSS Special Agent get LEAP pay regardless of what he/she is doing (protection, investigation, etc.) and where he/she is deployed (US vs. overseas)?

    So if I am at FP-06...where do the "steps" come in? I thought I saw an earlier post that said all agents come in at Step 3?

    Thanks in advance!
    When I came in it started as FS-6 Step 4. I don't know if that changed. People with prior federal experience were able to get more steps based on their base pay. You only have a short time to appeal your pay if you decide later that it was not enough. Not sure of the rules but I'm sure the info is on here somewhere.

    As for LEAP, everyone gets LEAP their entire career provided they maintain a 2 hour per day average (over the 8 hours of regular time per day) throughout the year. This does not include training days, travel days, and other similar days. You only lose LEAP when you go Senior Foreign Service (same as SES) (but none of us are worrying about that anytime soon) or if you don't maintain your 2 hour average (have yet to hear anyone do that).

    Pay is: (Base + locality)x 25% LEAP.

    After your first year as a 6 you move up 2 steps and get the equivalent step as an FS-5. One more year is FS-4 and then it's competitive after that. most people get their 3 in 5 years.

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    LEAP is actually figured on top of your base pay plus locality. It would be FP-06+Locality=X. Then multiply X by 1.25 to get your salary. LEAP is paid based upon your availability to work an average of two hours overtime per day. Some agencies track this very carefully, some do not. I know some agents from a big name federal agency who call their annual LEAP certification letter "The Lie Sheet." Once you're deployed, a whole different set of entitlements kick in, but I can't address DS specifically.
    In DS, its not exactly an average as you are expected to work a 10.5 hour day. I don't know the code FAM or FAH, but DS agents are required to work ever minute of their LEAP, basically said its not availability pay for us, its just extra pay for 25% more work. Which is one reason we still rate over time...(for now)...that and the protection clause.

    Other things: When deployed your LEAP is calculated off of your base salary, not your adjusted salary...

    Danger Pay and Differential are paid on the 5 day week as opposed to 7 day week (calculated off of your pay which is based on 5 day work week, so basically its not dangerous on weekends)

    Your LEAP doesn't kick in until after training.

    Locality is applied at the completion of FSI which is, generally within the first 3 weeks of training, after the flag ceremony.


 

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