All full-time and part time employees of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) serve under excepted service, rather than the competitive service. Additionally, the PCLOB’s statute exempts the agency from the General Schedule pay scale and allows the agency to administratively determine the salaries of its employees. However, pursuant to Board policy, the PCLOB determines the rate of pay or compensation for all Board employees in a manner equivalent to General Schedule (GS) standards and pay schedule, except that for certain senior positions, compensation may be set at any level up to the statutory maximum, even if that specific level is not reflected on the GS pay schedule. Under the Board’s authorizing statute, in no event may the rate of pay or employee compensation exceed the equivalent of that payable for a position of Level V of the Executive Schedule.
Personal Assistance Services (PAS)
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a final ruling on January 3, 2017 amending the regulations implementing Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The amended regulations required federal agencies, as an affirmative obligation, to provide Personal Assistance Services (PAS), absent undue hardship, to individuals who need them due to a targeted disability, such as PTSD, epilepsy, or paralysis. PAS aids with performing activities of daily living that individuals would typically perform if they did not have a disability, such as eating and using the restroom. Agencies are only required to provide PAS when the individual is working or on work-related travel. PCLOB employees requesting PAS shall notify their supervisor and/or the Equal Opportunity Office, Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator to initiate the process. Any PCLOB applicant that has been selected for an interview requiring personal assistance services should contact Human Resources to initiate a reasonable accommodation request.