FY 2021-2022 Discretionary Compensation Fund and Performance Bonus Program

FP&M employees:

I am pleased to let you know that UW-Madison has resumed the Discretionary Compensation Fund (DCF) program and the Performance Bonus program for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. These programs, which had been provided prior to the pandemic, were put on hold for the last year and a half due to financial concerns.

The DCF program provides base pay increases to recognize exceptional performance, address market inequalities, and make equity adjustments for academic staff, university staff, and limited appointees. The DCF is not a pay plan and therefore does not involve across-the-board pay increases.

The Performance Bonus program gives FP&M the ability to provide one-time, lump-sum bonuses to staff who have made exceptional contributions during the COVID-19 pandemic over the last 18 months.

As with previous programs, some employees are not eligible for DCF adjustments or bonuses based on campus guidelines. The following individuals are ineligible:

  • Employees in a probationary period or an evaluation period.
  • Employees with documented performance issues in their most recent performance evaluation.
  • Employees who have not completed the university’s sexual harassment prevention or cybersecurity training.
  • Supervisors who have failed to complete the most recent performance evaluations for all their subordinate staff.
  • Rehired annuitants.

Please note that trades positions are eligible for performance bonuses but not DCF adjustments. In addition, employees at or above the maximum of their pay range are not eligible for DCF adjustments.

Each department director has been asked to work with their management team to provide recommendations for DCF adjustments and performance bonuses. These recommendations will be vetted by FP&M Human Resources for compliance and reviewed and approved by FP&M leadership.

We will provide an update regarding both DCF adjustments and performance bonuses in early December.

Thank you for your continuing commitment to provide excellence in facilities and services for our university community.

Best regards,

Margaret Tennessen (she/hers)
Deputy Associate Vice Chancellor
Facilities Planning & Management