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Recruitment, Relocation & Retention Incentives (3Rs)

Recruitment, relocation, and retention incentives are special authorities & are authorized by the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act of 1990 (FEPCA). These incentives require advanced written approval; contact your servicing Human Resources Office for more information.

A Recruitment Incentiveis a cash incentive of up to 25% of the employee’s rate of basic pay not to exceed 4 years and is used as an incentive for a candidate to accept a Federal job. Recruitment incentives are for situations in which an agency would otherwise have difficulty filling a position with a high-quality candidate. This incentive cannot exceed 100% of an employee&rsqi;s a cash incentive of up to 25% of the employee’s rate of basic pay not exceed 4 years and is used to encourage a current Federal employee to accept a position which requires relocation to a new commuting area. This incentive may be paid only when the agency has determined that in the absence of the payment, it would be difficult or impossible to fill the position with a high-quality candidate. This incentive cannot exceed 100% of an employee’s salary.

A Retention Incentiveis a payment of up to 25% of the employee’s rate of basic pay, and is used to retain the FWSs of a current employee who possesses unusually exceptional qualifications, or is essential to Agency due to a critical need. The agency must determine that, without the allowance, the employee would be likely to leave for employment outside the Federal Government. A may also be paid to groups up to 10% if the employee’s basic rate of pay. Retention Incentives are paid for one year at a time.

Highest Previous Rate

An employee may have his/her pay set at a rate equivalent to the highest rate earned in prior Federal employment. There are certain exceptions to this, so you should consult with your servicing Human Resources Office.