B-130893, MAR. 12, 1957

B-130893: Mar 12, 1957

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905.20 WHICH AT THAT TIME WAS THE MINIMUM OF CAF-12 UNDER THE CLASSIFICATION ACT. - OUR OFFICE IS OF THE VIEW THAT WHEN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TWO SALARY RATES IS LESS THAN $1.00 THEY MAY BE CONSIDERED EQUIVALENT RATES IN ESTABLISHING THE 10 YEAR PERIOD REQUIRED FOR LONGEVITY INCREASES.

B-130893, MAR. 12, 1957

TO CHAIRMAN, UNITED STATES CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION:

WE REFER TO MR. YOUNG'S LETTER OF FEBRUARY 27, 1957, REQUESTING OUR DECISION WHETHER THE SALARY RATE OF $5,905.00 ATTAINED BY AN EMPLOYEE IN 1947 WHILE EMPLOYED BY THE RECONSTRUCTION FINANCE CORPORATION IN GRADE EO- 14 MAY BE CONSIDERED THE EQUIVALENT OF THE SALARY RATE OF $5,905.20 WHICH AT THAT TIME WAS THE MINIMUM OF CAF-12 UNDER THE CLASSIFICATION ACT. THE QUESTION ARISES IN THE COMPUTATION, UNDER SECTION 703 (A) OF THE CLASSIFICATION ACT, OF THE 10 YEARS OF AGGREGATE SERVICE NECESSARY TO A LONGEVITY INCREASE "IN THE POSITION HE THEN OCCUPIES OR IN POSITIONS OF EQUIVALENT OR HIGHER CLASS OR GRADE.'

UNDER THE FAMILIAR LEGAL MAXIMUM--- THE LAW DISREGARDS TRIFLES--- OUR OFFICE IS OF THE VIEW THAT WHEN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TWO SALARY RATES IS LESS THAN $1.00 THEY MAY BE CONSIDERED EQUIVALENT RATES IN ESTABLISHING THE 10 YEAR PERIOD REQUIRED FOR LONGEVITY INCREASES.