Fedweek

Also, the White House opposes language in the House version to set the January military raise–which often acts as a marker for the civilian federal employee raise determined later–at 2.1 percent, rather than its recommended figure of 1.6 percent. The Senate has drafted its version of the bill but has released only sketchy details, although it has specified that it version endorses the White House recommendation. The White House also objected language in the House bill to require DoD to pay the full daily per diem rate for temporary duty exceeding 30 days; a lowered level has been in effect since 2014, designed to encourage the use of cheaper, extended-stay type lodging in such situations. The Senate version apparently would leave reimbursement policy up to individual DoD components. The White House also again called for creation of commission to lay the groundwork for consolidating or closing bases and smaller facilities, similar to those of the past that resulted in the loss or transfer of many thousands of DoD civilian employees. The House bill rejects that plan although an amendment is to be offered during floor voting in favor of one.