ABANDONMENT OF POSITION — When an employee (e.g., DD04)
are considered as one agency fails to report for duty
and does not submit a resignation.
ABSENCE WITHOUT LEAVE (AWOL) — Absence without prior
approval, a non-pay status resulting from an Agency determination
that it will not grant any type of leave (not even leave
without pay) for a period of absence for which the employee
did not obtain advance authorization or for which a request
for leave has been denied.
ACCESSION — A personnel action that results in the addition
of an employee to the rolls (staff) of an agency. (See
ACTIVE DUTY OR ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY (Creditable Service for
Leave Accrual and Reduction in Force Purposes Only) —
Means full-time duty with military pay and allowances
in the Armed Forces. Active duty does include "annual"
active duty for training, but excludes weekend Reserve
ADJUSTED BASIC PAY — is the maximum adjusted rate of
basic pay after taking into account all pay caps that
may be applicable.
ADVERSE ACTION — A personnel action considered unfavorable
to an employee, e.g., removal, suspension, furlough, or
reduction in grade or pay.
AGENCY — Any department or independent establishment
of the Federal Government, including a Government- owned
or controlled corporation, that has the authority to hire
employees in the competitive, excepted, and senior executive
ANNUITANT — A person who receives an annuity.
ANNUITY — The annual sum payable to a former employee
who has retired.
APPLICANT — A person who has asked to be considered for
a job with an agency. An applicant may be a current employee
of the agency, an employee of another agency, or a person
who is not currently employed by any agency.
APPLICATION FORMS — Forms and resumes that show an applicant's
qualifications for employment in a Federal position.
APPOINTEE — A person being hired for a position in an
APPOINTING OFFICER — A person having power by law, or
by duly delegated authority, to make appointments.
APPOINTMENT — Any personnel action that brings an individual
onto the rolls (staff) of an agency. (See ACCESSION.)
ARMED FORCES — The Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps
and Coast Guard.
AUO — (Administratively Uncontrolled Overtime) is an
increment of up to 25 percent of basic pay paid on an
annual basis for substantial amounts of overtime work
that cannot be controlled administratively and that required
on an irregular basis.
AUTHORITY SUFFIX — See LEGAL AUTHORITY SUFFIX
AVAILABILITY PAY — A special form of premium pay CERTIFICATION
— The process by which the OPM, fixed at 25 percent
of basic pay (including locality pay) that applies to
criminal investigators who are required to work, or be
available to work, substantial amounts of unscheduled
overtime duty based on the needs of the employing agency.
Criminal investigators receiving availability pay are
exempt from the minimum wage and overtime pay provisions
of the Fair Labor Standards Act and may not receive administratively
uncontrollable overtime pay.