Rules set for publication today (July 28) in the Federal Register set standards for the new pay-for-performance-based pay system for Senior Executive Service employees, a change ordered in law last year and which has been in effect under interim rules and memos issued at the start of this year. Under the proposed rules, which have a 30-day comment period, the Office of Personnel Management would finalize the earlier announced policy of abolishing the old six-level SES pay system in which execs got the same annual raises as general schedule employees, and replacing it with a pay range in which agencies could base salaries on experience, qualifications and performance. The rules note that under the new system, the minimums and maximums of the range will increase with general pay raises but that individual execs will get raises only based on