DEPUTY SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
1010 DEFENSE PENTAGON
WASHINGTON, DC 20301-1010

April 28, 2001


MEMORANDUM FOR SECRETARIES OF THE MILITARY DEPARTMENTS
SUBJECT: Authorization of Air Traffic Controller 5 Percent Premium Pay



The provisions of title 5, United States Code (USC), Section 5546a, as amended, authorize the Secretary of Defense to pay 5 percent premium pay to Department of Defense (DoD) air traffic controllers. Based on current DoD retention and recruitment patterns, I have determined that premium pay is appropriate and necessary to ensure mission capability at this time.

Therefore, Defense air traffic controllers who meet the statutory requirements shall be paid the 5 percent premium pay as authorized by 5 USC 5546a(a)(1). Premium pay may be paid only to employees whose duties are consistent with the provisions of the statutory authority. Therefore, Components must document this information for each employee receiving this special pay.

This policy is effective immediately; however, addressees are reminded to fulfill their labor relations obligations under title 5, USC, Chapter 71, prior to implementation of this policy.



//signed//
Paul Wolfowitz