Final rules have been published to create a new GS locality for the Des Moines, Iowa, area, as well as to add Imperial County, Calif., to the Los Angeles locality, effective in January.
Rules in today’s Federal Register (October 15) complete a process that has been under way for years in the Federal Salary Council and the President’s Pay Agent, which oversee the GS locality system.
In the case of Des Moines, it was determined that the area met criteria for a stand-alone locality, involving factors such as employment levels and the pay gap with the private sector over time. The notice says that about 3,100 employees working in the Des Moines-Ames-West Des Moines “consolidated statistical area” will be affected.
Imperial County as added to Los Angeles as an “area of application,” a term used to attach an outlying area to an existing locality because of factors including commuting rates. That will affect some 1,860 employees, the notice said.