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Retention Incentive

The payment of up to 25 percent of basic pay in equal biweekly installments over the retention period to an employee with unusually high or unique qualifications or to an employee who is serving a special agency need that makes it essential to retain the employee if he/she would be likely to leave the Federal Government in the absence of a retention incentive. Agencies may pay retention incentives to employees under the General Schedule, Senior Executive Service, senior-level, Executive Schedule, and certain other pay systems. (OPM Human Resources Flexibilities and Authorities in the Federal Government p (42) and 5 CFR 575.303)

Research Fellow

An NIH scientist with a doctoral degree, employed on a time-limited appointment renewable subject to the five-year/eight year rule. Research Fellows provide service relevant to the IC’s program needs. The appointment gives the fellow experience in laboratory-based or population-based biomedical research. Scientists with considerable experience beyond postdoctoral training may be designated Senior Research Fellows. (NIH OIR)

Research Assistant

An NIH employee appointed under the General Schedule. Research Assistants serve in a scientific, technical support capacity at GS-11 and below. (NIH OIR)

Relocation Incentive

The payment of up to 25 percent of basic pay in a lump-sum to a current Federal employee who must relocate to fill a position that would otherwise be difficult to fill in the absence of an incentive. In return, the employee must sign an agreement to fulfill a period of service with the agency (not to exceed 4 years). Agencies may pay recruitment and relocation bonuses to employees under the General Schedule, Senior Executive Service, senior-level, Executive Schedule, and certain other pay systems. (OPM Human Resources Flexibilities and Authorities in the Federal Government p (42) and 5 CFR 575.203)

Relocation Expense Allowance

The payment of expenses associated with the travel, transportation of immediate family, and transportation of household goods to a new post of duty as described in Chapter 302, Relocation Allowances, of the Federal Travel Regulation. Relocation expense allowances are separate and distinct from relocation incentive payments made in accordance with 5 CFR Part 575, Recruitment, Relocation, and Retention Incentives. (NIH Policy Manual - 1500-09 - Relocation Allowances) and (HHS Policy Instruction 572-1: Payment of Travel and/or Transportation Relocation Expenses)

Related Education

Is education above the high school level that has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position being filled. Education may relate to the duties of a specific position or to the occupation, but must be appropriate for the position being filled. (OPM Classification & Qualifications)

Reinstatement Eligibility

The conditions under which a person may be reinstated into the competitive service. (DEO Handbook Glossary)

Reinstatement

Non-competitive appointment of a person formerly employed in the competitive service (i.e., who either had a competitive status or was serving probation when separated) into the competitive service as a career or career-conditional employee. (DEO Handbook Glossary)

Recruitment Incentive

The payment of up to 25 percent of basic pay in a lump-sum to a newly-appointed Federal employee in a position that would otherwise be difficult to fill. In return, the employee must sign an agreement to fulfill a period of service with the agency (not to exceed 4 years). Agencies may pay recruitment and relocation bonuses to employees under the General Schedule, Senior Executive Service, senior-level, Executive Schedule, and certain other pay systems. (OPM Human Resources Flexibilities and Authorities in the Federal Government p (41) and 5 CFR 575.103)

Reassignment

A change of an employee while serving continuously within the same agency, from one position to another without promotion or demotion. (5 CFR 210.102(b)(12))