The pay raise process established in the U.S. Code relies on federally-collected data, which should make it easy to predict a year in advance just what kind of a pay raise federal employees will be getting.
The Council recommended adding Virginia Beach, Virginia and Burlington, Vermont to the list of 47 separate locality pay areas for 2017. It also suggested changing the criteria for establishing and adding new locality pay areas.
OPM issued a final rule on behalf of the Federal Salary Council approving 13 new areas. But the updates will not be final until President Barack Obama signs an executive order.