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Performance & Compensation


Performance awards (bonuses) may be given only to career executives and are for performance during the previous appraisal period. The agency head approves awards following recommendations by the agency Performance Review Board. The amount of an award must be between 5 percent and 20 percent of the executive's rate of basic pay as of the end of the performance appraisal period.

Superior accomplishment incentive awards for suggestion, invention, or special act or service may be paid. Generally, all SES members regardless of type of appointment are eligible for these awards. These awards can not be based on performance during the previous appraisal period.

Career senior executives can also be nominated for Presidential Rank Awards.