Civilians in Iraq eligible for premium pay cap waiver through 2012

July 30, 2012

Civilian federal employees working in Iraq are eligible to receive higher premium pay through the end of 2012, according to new guidance from the Office of Personnel Management.

The July memorandum, released because of a May executive order from President Obama continuing the national emergency in Iraq through May 22, 2013, allows civilians working in that country to take advantage of a premium pay cap waiver for a longer period. Eligible civilian employees in Iraq, including those who work for the Defense and State departments, can receive basic and premium pay up to $230,700 through Dec. 31. In March, before Obama announced the continuation of a national emergency in Iraq, OPM issued guidance telling agencies they could not apply the premium pay cap waiver for civilians working there after May 19.

Premium pay typically includes additional compensation for overtime, night, Sunday or holiday work. The 2009 National Defense Authorization Act first authorized the waiver of the cap and Congress has continued to extend it during the past few years.



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