The superior qualifications authority is intended to improve the Federal Government's ability to compete with non-Federal employers for top-quality candidates. It is not intended solely to match selected candidates' existing pay. Individuals hired at advanced rates under this authority must either (a) have unusually high qualifications for the position and be forfeiting income that would justify a salary above the base pay for the grade; or (b) meet a special need of the agency. All superior qualifications appointments must be approved before the candidate enters on duty and becomes a Federal employee.
Please contact your servicing HR Specialist for additional guidance regarding Commandant Instruction 12500.2 Civilian Recruitment, Relocation and Retention Incentives.