Fedweek

Proposed raise of 3.1 percent is below the 3.6 percent called for in some corners, but well above the pay freeze proposed by the WH.

A House subcommittee has approved a spending bill for the upcoming fiscal year including a 3.1 percent raise to be paid the first full pay period of January, an amount somewhat below the 3.6 percent figure that federal employee unions and some Democrats in Congress have been seeking, but well above the White House’s budgetary proposal which called for a freeze.

The 3.1 percent figure as usual would work out to be an average, since the raise would be divided into separate components for GS employees—a 2.6 percent increase for all and the funds equivalent to the other 0.5 percentage points parceled out among the localities. The exact amounts would not be determined until the fall, after the annual Federal Salary Council report on pay comparisons.

Also as is standard, wage grade employees would generally receive the same increase paid to GS employees where they work, even though there is a separate locality pay system for them. Also, the 3.1 percent figure would act as the cap for increases in the SES and other senior level pay systems where pay is within a range and raises are based on performance ratings.

Uniformed military personnel appear to be in line for a 3.1 percent raise, which the Trump administration has proposed for them; the Senate Armed Services Committee already has endorsed that amount.

The Senate has not yet started drafting its version of the appropriations bill, however. typically the House moves that bill first.