I applied for a position at the Veteran’s Affairs (VA) in August. When I applied, the position was posted as Grade 11, Step to be determined. After completing interviews, I was offered the position as Grade 11/Step 5. I declined that offer. HR eventually countered with Grade 11/Step 9. I accepted and received my offer letter on 9/7/22. The offer letter from HR confirmed my offer as Grade/Step: 11/9; Salary $84,315. Proposed effective date: 9/11/22. Reporting date: 9/12/22. I’ve been in the position for a few months ago and am still not being paid Grade 11/Step 9 per the offer letter I signed. Nor have I received any backpay for the differential. My pay is $10k less than my signed offer. When I inquired with HR, I was told they researched all of the Gov pay setting rules and regulations and determined my “new” pay step as Grade 11/Step 5 per the VA Handbook 5007. It feels like I was offered one salary (in writing), but now that I’m in the door they are refusing to pay me the offer I accepted. What’s my recourse? Anyone familiar with Gov pay setting rules or know if there is a formal appeals process?
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