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Service Needs Differential


Difficult-to-Staff Incentive Differential (DTSID)- aka Service-Needs Differential (SND):
This differential is paid to an employee assigned to a post with a Post Hardship Differential rate of 15% or higher, after an agency has determined that especially adverse conditions of environment warrant additional pay as a recruitment and retention incentive to fill the employee's position at that post. Also known as the Service-Needs Differential (SND), the differential is a percentage of basic compensation (15%). Check with your agency representative for more information because each agency develops unique procedures to implement the differential (or may choose not to implement it). Note that DTSID and Danger Pay compensation together may not equal more than 35% of an employee's basic compensation. General guidance can be found in DSSR 1000.


LINKS: (Intranet ONLY)

Service Needs Differential Posts

Service Needs Differential (SND) Program 
SOP B-22


QUESTIONS:

FAQ
 - Service Needs Differential (Difficult to Staff Incentive)

Foreign Service Assignment Notebook

HR/CDA
 is the main point of contact for the questions related to SND for the Department of State

For other agencies, please contact your Personnel Office

For Standardized Regulation interpretationAllowancesO@state.gov