(a) Superior Accomplishments and Performance Awards Program.—
The Secretary may establish an awards program for personnel listed in section 7421(b) of this title consistent with chapter 45 of title 5, to the extent practicable.
(b) Executive Performance Awards Program.—Notwithstanding section 7425 of this title or any other provision of law, the Secretary may establish a performance awards program consistent with section 5384 of title 5 for—
(c) Payment of Awards.—
Awards under this section may be paid based on criteria established by the Secretary and shall not be considered in calculating the limitation under section 7431(e)(4) of this title.
(d) Not Considered Basic Pay.—
Awards under this section shall not be considered basic pay for any purpose.