Senior Executives Association

On December 13th, 2018 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., the Senior Executives Association and Senior Executives Association Professional Development League will host the 2018 Presidential Rank Awards Leadership Summit, a full-day event offering exceptional educational, mentoring, and networking opportunities for current and aspiring government leaders.

The event will include:

  • Lunch Awards Reception Recognizing Meritorious Rank Award Winners & Evening Awards Reception Recognizing Distinguished Rank Award Winners

  • Expert Policy Panels and Educational Training Seminars Across Multiple Content Tracks on Advancing Public Leadership

  • Small-Group Speed Mentoring and Dedicated Networking Opportunities with Career Federal Leaders

The 2018 Presidential Rank Awards Leadership Summit is the Federal government’s premier leadership development and policy gathering. Through the end of October, use discount code PRAEARLYBIRD when selecting ticket quantity for 15% off your registration. Click here to visit the official event website >>

The Summit will feature educational tracks that address the three most pressing areas of concern for Federal career senior leaders, including: Future of Work, Future of Workforce, Future of Workplace.

The conference will also recognize the extraordinary public service of senior career professionals by honoring the 2018 Distinguished and Meritorious recipients of the Presidential Rank Awards.

The Presidential Rank Award represents the top award a civilian federal employee can receive, awarded by the President of the United States to the top 1% (Distinguished) and 5% (Meritorious) of federal employees, as nominated by their respective agencies. In 2017, more than 300 Senior Executives were among the event's 500 attendees.

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New Federal Pay Rates Established for 2016

On December 18, 2015, President Obama issued an Executive Order establishing January 2016 pay rate adjustments for all federal workers, including SES and SPs.

The Executive Order authorizes a 1 percent across-the-board increase for statutory pay systems and locality pay increases costing approximately 0.3 percent of basic payroll, reflecting an overall average pay increase of 1.3 percent. The 2016 pay schedules will become effective the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning on or after January 1, 2016 (January 10, 2016, based on the standard biweekly payroll cycle).

Senior Executive Service

The minimum rate of basic pay for the Senior Executive Service (SES) rate range will be adjusted to be $123,175 in 2016. The applicable maximum rate of basic pay for the SES will be $185,100 (EX-II) for SES members covered by a certified SES performance appraisal system and $170,400 (EX-III) for SES members covered by an SES performance appraisal system that has not been certified. An SES member at the minimum rate of the SES rate range must receive a pay increase of 1 percent in January 2016, since an SES member may not receive less than the minimum rate of the SES rate range.

Senior-Level and Scientific and Professional Positions

The minimum rate of basic pay for the senior-level (SL) and scientific and professional (ST) rate range will be increased by 1 percent ($123,175 in 2016), which is the amount of the across-the-board GS increase. The applicable maximum rate of basic pay will be $185,100 (EX-II) for SL or ST employees covered by a certified SL/ST performance appraisal system and $170,400 (EX-III) for SL or ST employees covered by an SL/ST performance appraisal system that has not been certified. An SL or ST employee at the minimum rate of the SL/ST rate range must receive a pay increase of 1 percent in January 2016, since an SL or ST employee may not receive less than the minimum rate of the SL/ST rate range.

Executive Schedule

Under 5 U.S.C. 5318, Executive Schedule (EX) rates of pay will be increased by 1 percent (rounded to the nearest $100).

Administrative Law Judges

The Executive order reflects a decision by the President to increase the rates of basic pay for administrative law judges (ALJs) by 1 percent, rounded to the nearest $100. The rate of basic pay for AL-1 will be $160,300 (equivalent to the rate for EX-IV). The rate of basic pay for AL-2 will be $156,300. The rates of basic pay for AL-3/A through 3/F will range from $107,000 to $148,100.

Aggregate Limitation on Pay

The aggregate limitation on pay for calendar year 2016 will be $205,700 (equivalent to the rate for EX-I). SES members and employees in SL/ST positions who are covered by a certified performance appraisal system are subject to a higher aggregate limitation on pay of the Vice President’s salary ($237,700 in 2016).

2016 Salary Tables and Effective Date

OPM has posted the 2016 salary tables on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM’s) website athttps://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/.

Excerpted from OPM guidance issued December 18, 2015

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