The House is set to clear a 2.6 percent federal pay raise for civilian employees this year. The Senate already has a companion of the Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Fairness Act.
The Office of Personnel Management has told agencies not to give political appointees a $8,000-to-10,000 pay raise originally set to go into effect Saturday. But a prior executive order provided the raise unless Congress acts, which it has not.
A package of bills from House Democrats would reopen government, provide full-year funding for most federal agencies and give civilian employees a pay raise in 2019.
In an executive order Friday, the president directed that base and locality pay for 2019 stay at 2018 levels.
The House has passed its own continuing resolution that would fund all of government through Feb. 8 and provide $5 billion toward the southern border. The CR is reportedly a tough sell in the Senate, setting up further anxiety and uncertainty ahead of Friday’s partial shutdown deadline.
The Office of Personnel Management finalized six new locality pay areas for some 71,000 federal employees in 2019.
Before the end of 2018, Congress needs solutions for seven unfinished appropriations bills, plus a definitive answer on federal employee pay.
House Republicans said they’ve reached a tentative deal on a federal pay raise for 2019. Federal employee unions and House Democrats, however, are cautious about the agreement.
With 12 days until the new fiscal year and less than 50 from the midterm elections, many current and retired federal workers have a lot on their plate.
More than 40 percent of House lawmakers have gone on the record in support of a federal pay raise for civilian employees in 2019.