October 31, 2000
H.R. 207 - Federal Physicians Comparability Allowance
The Administration supports reauthorization of the physician comparability
allowances (PCA) program, which expired on September 30, 2000. These
allowances are payments made by Federal agencies to physicians on top of a
eligible physicians' base salary in return for service agreements where
physicians agree to continue employment with their agency for a specified
Amendments of 2000
(Rep. Morella (R) Maryland and 25 cosponsors)
However, the Administration opposes the provision of H.R. 207 that would
set a costly and undesirable precedent for the treatment of retention
allowances, non-foreign area cost-of-living allowances, and other periodic
payments which are not considered basic pay for retirement purposes.
Furthermore, the Administration would prefer the three to five year
extension as contained in the Administration's bill to allow for periodic
review of the authority's effectiveness.
H.R. 207 would affect direct spending; therefore, it is subject to the
pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) requirements of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act
of 1990. OMB's estimate is under development.