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I'm under the impression that negotiating a step increase at your annual appraisal is achievable and allowable.  If this is true can you negotiate more than one step increase and what is the process and required documentation to achieve?  

Currently many long term experienced contracting professionals within my office have moved on and it looks as though more will continue to follow.  As a result we've had continuous shuffling of remaining personnel and reorganizations.  My workload overnight has increased in complexity and magnitude to that of a few experienced contracting professionals that were at least two grades higher than my current position.  I'm a fast learner and still have much to learn, which i welcome but in consideration of the fact that i'm expected to do so at a rapid pace since its the end of the fiscal year and executive management fails to  address the staffing and workload situation accordingly i feel i am in a position to negotiate.  I've also been passed up for promotions over the past few years internally but have successfully negotiated several federal employment opportunities outside of my agency at higher steps and grades within the last year but turned them down due to relocation.

Any advice would be welcomed and greatly appreciated!

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Sure, you can negotiate a step increase.  Only one a year is allowed.  But check with HR because policies differ by agencies.

Lots of other awards and recognition are available.  Most agencies don’t publicize that much but several are there.

If your workload is that much in size and complexity, another option is a desk audit.  An HR classification specialist will sit with you and go over your work compared to the PD standards of your job.  You can request it yourself but having your supervisor and/or manager request it carries more weight.

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You can always ask, but you may not always receive. It's totally up to your supervisor and upper management.  You will need them to support it.  It's always better to bring something to the table when you have that discussion with your supervisor, and it sounds like you are prepared.  Nothing wrong with letting them know you have had other offers, too.  Little known fun fact, the only time to negotiate more than one step increase is when you are first hired into civil service.  HR always offers whatever grade, step 1. However you are  free to state that you will only accept the position at anything between the step 2, or higher all the way up to step 10 level. Unfortunately most new hires are not aware of this fact, and you only get one bite at that apple. 

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cds: Thank you for that little known fun fact i'll keep that in mind as it is very valuable.  I'm realizing if i were to leave civil service and come back i might actually be able to skip a few grades based on my experience.

 

former fed: Thank you.  I've heard of a desk audit and my direct supervisor and their manager would support me in both a step increase/grade increase and most likely a desk audit.  However, the ultimate authority above them would likely deny everything possible and potentially retaliate based on what i've observed has happened to others.  The reason all the experienced personnel is leaving when given the opportunity...

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That’s right.  HR will generally map grades and steps to current or desired salary for new hires and probably returning hires.  

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