Reservist Differential Guidance
Mandatory Reference for ADS Chapter 477
Reference Issuance Date: 10/04/2011
Policy Issuance Date: 07/30/2010
Responsible Office: HR/PPIM
File Name: 477mab_100411
This mandatory reference provides guidance from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) regarding a law requiring Federal agencies to make "reservist differential" payments to eligible Federal civilian direct-hire employees. This provision applies to direct-hire employee-reservists called or ordered to active duty under certain specific provisions of law. The law is codified in 5 U.S.C. 5538, which was added by section 751 of the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 (Public Law 111-8 March 11, 2009) and was amended by section 745 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 (Public Law 111-117, December 16, 2009). Section 5338 became effective on March 15, 2009.