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Request for Data on FY 2008 Physicians' Comparability Allowance Payments

Thursday, February 14, 2008
CPM 2008-07
MEMORANDUM FOR: 
Chief Human Capital Officers
From: 
Linda M. Springer Director
Subject: 
Request for Data on FY 2008 Physicians' Comparability Allowance Payments

Each year, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must report to
Congress on the operation of the physicians' comparability allowance (PCA)
program. (See 5 U.S.C. 5948(j).) We request a report on your agency's recent
experience under this program by May 1, 2008.

The PCA program permits agencies to provide payments to certain eligible
Federal physicians who enter into service agreements with their agencies. The
allowance may be paid only to categories of physicians for which the agency is
experiencing recruitment and retention problems. Agencies may pay a PCA of up to
$14,000 annually to a physician with 24 months or less of service as a
Government physician and up to $30,000 annually to a physician with more than 24
months of service as a Government physician. (For additional information on the
PCA program, please refer to our PCA fact sheet located at http://www.opm.gov/oca/pay/html/pca.asp.)

Your report must include data on physicians receiving PCA payments in FY 2007
and FY 2008. Attachment A
contains a listing of Federal agencies that currently have approved PCA plans.
These agencies must submit PCA data to OPM. However, this request covers all
agencies that employ physicians who are eligible for a PCA. Attachment B provides
instructions for completing your PCA report. A negative report is not required
if your agency does not employ physicians who are eligible for a PCA.

Please send your report to:



U.S. Office of Personnel
Management



Division for Strategic Human Resources Policy



Center for Pay
and Leave Administration



1900 E Street, NW., Room 7H31



Washington, DC
20415-8200



Attn: David Barash

You may also submit your report by e-mail at pay-performance-policy@opm.gov or by fax at
(202) 606-0824. To ensure we receive your report on time, we ask agencies
submitting reports by standard mail also send an electronic copy. Please include
in your report a point of contact, phone number, and email address. If you have
any questions regarding this request, please contact David Barash of OPM's
Center for Pay and Leave Administration at (202) 606-2858.

cc: Human Resources Directors

Attachment A - Agencies with
Approved PCA Plans

Attachment B - Guidance and
Instructions for PCA Worksheet Preparation