The notice says that adding the new city areas means that some 102,000 employees will move from the RUS locality, which is the lowest-paid, to the new localities. How much of a salary boost they will see is yet to be determined since there are no pay tables yet for them. About 7,600 employees working in counties being attached to existing localities also will benefit, and they have the rates of those areas to use as a reference. However, those pay tables too will change for January. A meeting is to be held November 9 of the advisory council at which the Labor Department presents data on pay gaps with the private sector by locality that will be used in setting the 2016 rates by locality. Unless Congress and the White House change direction on the federal raise for January, a 1 percent increase will be paid to all GS employees and funds equal to another 0.3 percent of the GS payroll will be divided up among the localities. (Wage system employees are under a separate locality system but they would continue to receive the local GS raise; certain high-level employees, such as those under the SES, are under pay for performance systems and receive neither the general raise nor locality pay.) The rules repeat the earlier warning that creating the new localities and expanding some of the existing ones, by directing more money to employees affected, will mean less money will be available to pay out to other employees in the division of the 2016 locality pay segment.
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