Chapter 2-14, Hostile Fire Pay
(September 22, 2009)
- This Order Chapter establishes the Department's policy on the payment of hostile fire pay.
- Consistent with the provisions of this Order Chapter, applicable provisions of law and regulation, and the availability of funds for such purpose, a Bureau Head determines, in writing, that a hostile fire incident affected one or more employees of the Bureau, and authorizes the payment of hostile fire pay of $150 per month to the employee(s), except as provided in paragraph B.3. This authority may not be redelegated.
- Section 5949 of Title 5, United States Code, prohibits the payment of hostile fire pay for periods of time during which an employee receives post differentials under 5 U.S.C. 5925, because of exposure to political violence, or danger pay allowances under 5 U.S.C. 5928.
- Approval. The Assistant Attorney General for Administration must approve payment of hostile fire pay to employees in the following categories:
- Non-career Senior Executive Service employees;
- Non-career type SL employees;
- Bureau Heads; and,
- Key executive positions.
- Written Determination. A Bureau Head authorizing hostile fire pay shall issue a written determination that:
- Identifies all eligible employees in the Bureau, except as provided in paragraph B.3.;
- Specifies an effective date; and,
- Provides for the payment of the full $150 for any calendar month in which an employee meets the statutory criteria for any period of time.
C. Documentation for Reports and Records.
- Written documentation established under paragraph B.2. must be available for Departmental review. Documentation must include the following:
- The employee's name, title, series, grade, organizational title, and duty location; and
- A description of the reasons why the hostile fire pay was authorized.
- Retention of reports and records follows the guidelines established by the National Archives' General Records Schedules, Schedule 2, Payrolling and Pay Administration Records.
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Updated: September 2012