Physicians' Comparability Allowance

The physicians' comparability allowance (PCA) is additional pay an agency may pay a physician (defined as a doctor of medicine, osteopathy or dentistry) who enters into an agreement for a specified period of service. The PCA is paid only if the agency is experiencing a significant recruitment and retention problem.

The PCA is considered a part of basic pay for Civil Service Retirement and Federal Employees Retirement Systems (FERS), Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) contributions, and under FERS only, for agency TSP contributions.

Content last reviewed: 5/30/2006-RJM

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