TSOs Would Get Pay Increase With Move to GS Pay System

Most Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) would receive pay raises if they were converted from the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Performance Accountability Standards System (PASS) to the General Schedule (GS), according to a new analysis. The proposed conversion is part of the Transportation Security Workforce Enhancement Act, H.R.1881, which passed the House Homeland Security Committee and now is being considered by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. A new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis that looked at the cost of the conversion calculated that of the 60,000 employees who would be converted, about 50,000 would receive a pay increase as a result of the conversion. Approximately 36,000 employees in the bottom two bands of TSA’s PASS pay system would be converted to various steps within the GS-5 pay grade, and receive an average pay increase of about $1,700 as a result, CBO said. Employees in the next two higher pay bands would be classified at higher pay grades and also would receive a salary increase as a result of a changeover, CBO said. Under the bill, no employee would suffer a reduction in pay with the conversion. Overall, CBO estimates that moving to the GS would increase agency costs by $626 million over the five-year period from Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 through FY 2014. The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) said the pay increase estimates support the union’s contention that the PASS system does not fairly compensate TSOs. “The nation’s TSOs are considerably underpaid and subject to an arbitrary and punitive pay system,” AFGE President John Gage on Sept. 8. To see more, go to: www.afge.org/Index.cfm?Page=PressReleases&PressReleaseID=1041 or www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/105xx/doc10546/hr1881.pdf

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