The President's Pay Agent
Washington, D.C. 20415-0001

December 7, 1998


SUBJECT: Extension of Locality Payments to Non-General Schedule Employees

On December 4, 1997, the President's Pay Agent extended locality-based comparability payments to certain categories of non-General Schedule employees. As required by law, the 1998 locality payments that were extended to these employees will remain in effect through the last day of the last pay period commencing during calendar year 1998. The President's Pay Agent has decided to extend the 1999 locality-based comparability payments again to the same Governmentwide and single-agency categories that were authorized to receive the 1998 locality payments.

Locality payments will be extended to the Governmentwide categories with no further action required by any agency. Locality payments will be extended to the single-agency categories without any further action required by any agency unless the head of an executive agency requests otherwise. This is because the law (5 U.S.C. 5304(h)(2)(A)) provides that locality payments may be extended to single-agency categories of employees only at the request of the head of an executive agency.

Please notify the Director of the Office of Personnel Management (at the address shown later in this memorandum) by December 18, 1998, if you do not want the 1999 comparability payments extended to a single-agency employee category in your agency for which such payments were previously authorized by the Pay Agent. Please note that the law does not permit the Pay Agent to deny only that portion of the locality payment attributable to the 1999 increase in locality pay. All employees in a given locality pay area who receive locality payments must receive the same percentage as received by General Schedule employees in that area in 1999. (For your convenience, a list of the Governmentwide and single-agency categories that are now receiving locality payments under the Pay Agent's authority is provided in the attachments to this memorandum.)

New requests for extending locality-based comparability payments to single-agency categories of non-General Schedule employees should be submitted by the agency head or his or her designee to the following address by December 18, 1998, to ensure that the extension takes effect on the first day of the first pay period beginning on or after January 1, 1999:

Janice R. Lachance
Office of Personnel Management
1900 E Street NW.
Washington, DC 20415-0001

In your request, please include information on--

(1) the legal authority under which the employees are paid,

(2) the types of employees to be paid, and

(3) the number of employees to be paid.

Also, please fax a copy of your request to (202) 606-0824. Please direct questions about the extension of locality-based comparability payments to Jerry Mikowicz, of OPM's Workforce Compensation and Performance Service, at (202) 606-2858 or email to

  For the President's Pay Agent:

Janice R. Lachance, Director
Office of Personnel Management

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