Reading the fine print is very important. In Section 203 (page 79) of the House Appropriation bill draft, “None of the funds appropriated in this title shall be used to pay the salary of an individual, through a grant or other extramural mechanism, at a rate in excess of Executive Level III.” Section 203 is located in Title II – Department of Health and Human Services in the House bill draft. The current salary cap on extramural grants is Executive Level I.
Here is the breakdown of the Executive Level Salaries:
- Executive Level I – $199,700.00
- Executive Level II – $179,700.00
- Executive Level III – $165,300.00
- Executive Level IV – $155,500.00
- Executive Level V – $145,700.00
The House bill draft is proposing a reduction in the salary cap on extramural grants by $34,400.00 for FY 2012. The Senate bill proposed to maintain the salary cap at Executive Level I. The President’s budget recommended Executive Level II, $179,700, which is a reduction by $20,000.00.
NIH is currently operating under a Continuing Resolution until November 18, 2011.
To read the House bill draft, click on http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/FY_2012_Final_LHHSE.pdf.