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.

PCAs do NOT constitute basic pay for purposes of deductions for Federal Employees Group Life Insurance purposes.

Content last reviewed: 12/07/2016-TMH