As part of several reforms in military compensation, Congress last year decided to set military raises starting in 2001 at a half-percentage point above the ECI figure for the measuring period used, meaning a 3.7 percent raise next January for uniformed personnel. That’s important to federal employees because their pay raises have been linked for years to those of uniformed military personnel. If Congress decides to keep that relationship for the 2001 raises—and only last year both the House and Senate voted to maintain that tie—that would create strong pressure to set the federal employee raise at 3.7 percent, as well. If that happens, the total raise most likely would be broken down as 2.7 percent across-the-board and an average locality pay payment of 1 percent.