With no federal employee raise amount for January 2017 having been set by legislation yet, President Obama likely will use authority under federal pay law to set a raise that would be paid by default should no number be enacted into law by the end of the calendar year. Such an order—which most likely would repeat his earlier proposal for 1.6 percent—must be issued by the end of August. This year has been shaping up as a replay the last three years, when the White House’s early-year budget proposal recommended a raise for the following January, and appropriations bills moving through Congress afterward were silent on the issue. Neither the House nor the Senate have moved to a raise figure but spending bills so far essentially assume one will be paid, except to political appointees and political SES members. Also to be determined is whether to split the raise so that part is divided up as locality pay. That appears likely since Obama last year ordered a split of a smaller raise, 1.3 percent, for this year; the prior two years, default raises of 1 percent were paid entirely across the board with no locality pay carve-out. That could suggest a breakdown of 1 percent across the board and 0.6 points divided as locality pay, resulting in raises ranging about 1.4 to 1.8 percent, but that is to be determined. Wage grade employees are under a separate locality pay system but in practice their raises have been capped at the local GS amount for many years.