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Executive Schedule (5 U.S.C. §§ 53115318) is the system of salaries given to the highest-ranked appointed officials in the executive branch of the U.S. government. The President of the United States appoints individuals to these positions, most with the advice and consent of the United States Senate. They include members of the president's Cabinet, several top-ranking officials of each executive department, the directors of some of the more prominent departmental and independent agencies, and several members of the Executive Office of the President.

There are five pay rates within the Executive Schedule, denoted with a Roman numeral with I being the highest level and V the lowest. Federal law lists the positions eligible for the Executive Schedule and the corresponding level. The law also gives the president the ability to grant Executive Schedule IV and V status to no more than 34 employees not listed.[1]

Certain job titles tend to be placed at certain levels of the Executive Schedule. For example, in the executive departments, Secretaries are on Level I; Deputy Secretaries are on Level II; Under Secretaries are mostly on Level III; and Assistant Secretaries, General Counsels, Inspectors General, Chief Financial Officers, and Chief Information Officers are mostly on Level IV. The directors of departmental and independent agencies vary widely in their placement, and are represented in every level from I to V, with their subordinates being placed on levels below them. A few agencies have General Counsels, Inspectors General, Chief Financial Officers, or Chief Information Officers on Level IV along with their departmental counterparts, although agency officials with these titles may instead be on another pay scale such as the Senior Executive Service.

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Calculation of pay rateEdit

(Effective on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning on or after January 1, 2018)[2]
Level I $210,700
Level II $189,600
Level III $174,500
Level IV $164,200
Level V $153,800

Many political appointees have had their pay rate frozen at lower levels.[3] According to 5 U.S.C. § 5318, at the beginning of the first pay period for any position under the Executive Schedule, the amount of pay will be adjusted and rounded to the nearest multiple of US$100. If this amount is found to be midway between multiples of $100, then it will be rounded to the next highest multiple of $100.

Section 738 of division E of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Public Law 115-141, March 23, 2018), continued the freeze on the payable pay rates for certain senior political officials at 2013 levels through January 5, 2019. The failure to enact new appropriations legislation may allow the freeze to expire. However, the officially established and posted pay rates (or pay ranges) for 2018 are in effect and used for determining pay for other employees. For more information, please see Compensation Policy Memorandum 2018-08 at https://chcoc.gov/content/continued-pay-freeze-certain-senior-political-officials-2.

Executive Schedule rates indirectly affect the rates of pay for other pay scales such as the General Schedule, Senior Executive Service, Senior Level, Senior Foreign Service, and other federal civilian pay systems, as well as the pay of uniformed military personnel, because various federal laws establishing those pay systems normally tie the maximum amount payable to various levels of the Executive Schedule. For example, no one paid on the General Schedule may earn more than the rate for Level IV of the Executive Schedule. Because of these pay caps and freezes to the Executive Schedule, federal workers at the top of their pay bands are often unable to receive pay increases, resulting in salary compression.[4][5]

Level IEdit

5 U.S.C. § 5312 lists the positions that receive the amount of pay determined by Chapter 11 of Title 2. Since January 2018, the annual rate of pay for Level I is $210,700. There exist 21 positions, which are as follows:

Department SecretariesEdit

Executive Office of the PresidentEdit

Independent agenciesEdit

Level IIEdit

5 U.S.C. § 5313 lists positions given the rank of executive schedule II. Deputy secretaries of cabinet-level agencies usually have this rank. Since January 2018, the annual rate of pay for Level II is $189,600. While not listed, the Deputy Secretary of Commerce is also at Level II of the Executive Schedule.[7] The 56 positions are:

Department Deputy SecretariesEdit

Other department officialsEdit

Defense

Homeland Security

Transportation

Executive Office of the PresidentEdit

Independent agenciesEdit

Intelligence Community

Other independent agencies

Level IIIEdit

5 U.S.C. § 5314 lists 125 positions granted the rank of level III. Since January 2018, the annual rate of pay for Level III is $174,500. The positions are:

Department Under SecretariesEdit

  • Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Strategy, Policy, and Plans
  • Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Science and Technology
  • Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Intelligence and Analysis and Chief Intelligence Officer
  • Under Secretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance
  • Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs
  • Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence

Other department officialsEdit

Department of Health and Human Services

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Justice

Department of Transportation

Department of the Treasury

Note: The Director of the Office of Thrift Supervision was level III before that office was abolished by the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010.

Executive Office of the PresidentEdit

  • Three Deputy Trade Representatives within the Office of the United States Trade Representative, currently:
    • Deputy United States Trade Representative for Europe, The Middle East, and Industrial Competitiveness, with the rank of Ambassador, in Washington, D.C.
    • Deputy United States Trade Representative for Investment, Services, Labor, Environment, Africa, China, and the Western Hemisphere, with the rank of Ambassador, in Washington, D.C.
    • Deputy United States Trade Representative and Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Chief Agricultural Negotiator, with the rank of Ambassador, Office of the United States Trade Representative
  • Chief Innovation and Intellectual Property Negotiator, with the rank of Ambassador, Office of the United States Trade Representative
  • Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy
  • Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget
  • Administrator of the Office of Electronic Government and Federal Chief Information Officer of the United States
  • Controller of the Office of Federal Financial Management, Office of Management and Budget
  • Deputy Director for Demand Reduction, Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Deputy Director for Supply Reduction, Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Deputy Director for State, Local, and Tribal Affairs, Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Executive Secretary, National Space Council

Independent agenciesEdit

Directors

Deputy directors

Boards and commissionsEdit

Obsolete positionsEdit

Level IVEdit

5 U.S.C. § 5315 lists 346 non-obsolete positions with the rank of executive schedule level IV. Since January 2018, the annual rate of pay for Level IV is $164,200. The positions are:

Department Assistant SecretariesEdit

  • Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Administration
  • Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Civil Rights
  • Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Congressional Relations
  • Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Administration
  • Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration
  • Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement
  • Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration
  • Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development
  • Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Enforcement and Compliance
  • Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Analysis
  • Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Deputy Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction
  • Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service and Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets
  • Assistant Secretaries of Veterans Affairs (7)

General CounselsEdit

Inspectors GeneralEdit

Chief Financial OfficersEdit

  • Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Agriculture
  • Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Commerce
  • Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Education
  • Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Energy
  • Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Health and Human Services
  • Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Homeland Security
  • Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Chief Financial Officer of the Department of the Interior
  • Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Justice
  • Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Labor
  • Chief Financial Officer of the Department of State
  • Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Transportation
  • Chief Financial Officer of the Department of the Treasury
  • Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Chief Financial Officer of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Chief Financial Officer, United States Environmental Protection Agency

Chief Information OfficersEdit

  • Chief Information Officer of the Department of Agriculture
  • Chief Information Officer of the Department of Commerce
  • Chief Information Officer, Department of Defense (unless the official designated is listed under section 5312, 5313, or 5314 of this title)
  • Chief Information Officer of the Department of Education
  • Chief Information Officer of the Department of Energy
  • Chief Information Officer of the Department of Health and Human Services
  • Chief Information Officer of the Department of Homeland Security
  • Chief Information Officer, Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Chief Information Officer of the Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Chief Information Officer of the Department of the Interior
  • Chief Information Officer of the Department of Justice
  • Chief Information Officer of the Department of Labor
  • Chief Information Officer of the Department of State
  • Chief Information Officer of the Department of Transportation
  • Chief Information Officer of the Department of the Treasury
  • Chief Information Officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Chief Information Officer of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Chief Information Officer of the United States Agency for International Development
  • Chief Information Officer, United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • Chief Information Officer, General Services Administration
  • Chief Information Officer, National Science Foundation
  • Chief Information Officer, Nuclear Regulatory Agency
  • Chief Information Officer, Office of Personnel Management
  • Chief Information Officer, Small Business Administration

Other department officialsEdit

Department of Agriculture

Department of Commerce

  • Director of the Bureau of the Census
  • Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Department of Defense

Department of Education

Department of Energy

Department of Health and Human Services

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Department of Justice

Department of Labor

Department of State

Department of Transportation

Other independent agency officialsEdit

United States Agency for International Development

  • Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance
  • Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment
  • Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Global Health
  • Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs
  • Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Management
  • Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Africa
  • Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Asia
  • Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Europe and Eurasia
  • Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for the Middle East

Other independent agencies

Executive Office of the PresidentEdit

Boards and commissionsEdit

Obsolete positionsEdit

Level VEdit

5 U.S.C. § 5316 lists the 143 positions that receive the amount of pay determined by Chapter 11 of Title 2. Since January 2018, the annual rate of pay for Level V is $153,800. The positions are as follows:

Agency directorsEdit

Other officialsEdit

Presidential authority to place positions at levels IV and VEdit

Per 5 U.S.C. § 5317, the president can at any time appoint no more than 34 individuals to pay rates Level IV and V, provided that they are viewed as a necessary change to organization, management responsibility, or workload within a specific agency. This figure is in addition to Level IV and V positions specifically authorized in the bill. However, Senate consent is required and the pay rate takes effect only upon a new appointment to that position. All actions taken during this process are to be published in the Federal Register, except when it is deemed that such publication would stand in conflict to national security. The president may not take action under this section with respect to a position, the pay for which is fixed at a specific rate by this subchapter, or by statute enacted after 14 August 1964.

The following positions are granted Level IV pay status of the Executive Schedule:

The following positions are granted Level V pay status:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ (5 U.S.C. § 5317)
  2. ^ Trump, Donald (2017-12-22). "ADJUSTMENTS OF CERTAIN RATES OF PAY" (PDF). EXECUTIVE ORDER 13819. OPM. Retrieved 2019-01-05.
  3. ^ "Rates of Pay for the Executive Schedule" (PDF). 2016 Executive & Senior Level Employee Pay Tables. OPM.
  4. ^ Thornton, David (23 January 2017). "Some feds miss out on pay raise as salary compression worsens". Federal News Network. Retrieved 5 January 2009.
  5. ^ Curtis W. Copeland (23 October 2008). The Executive Schedule IV Pay Cap on General Schedule Compensation (Report). Congressional Research Service. Retrieved 5 January 2009.
  6. ^ https://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/98-249.pdf
  7. ^ http://www.osec.doc.gov/opog/dmp/doos/doo5_1.html
  8. ^ "5 U.S. Code § 5313. Positions at level II". Legal Information Institute. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  9. ^ "5 U.S. Code § 5313. Positions at level II". Legal Information Institute. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  10. ^ The position of Administrator of the DEA was placed in Level III of the Executive Schedule under the provisions of Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1973, dated 28 March 1973.
  11. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-02-23. Retrieved 2008-02-21. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ The BNDD was abolished and its functions transferred to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), effective 1 July 1973, under the provisions of Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1973, dated 28 March 1973.
  13. ^ The position of Deputy Administrator of the DEA was placed in Level V of the Executive Schedule under the provisions of Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1973, dated 28 March 1973.

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