In addition to the ever-present threat of a shutdown, it’s when federal workers go shopping for next year’s all-important heath insurance.
Beyond the inevitable hurdles of avoiding a government shutdown at the end of next month, the September to-do list for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) includes securing a 3.1% federal pay raise and passing a highly-anticipated paid family leave program into law.
It’s quiet, as August is a time when things are on hold until at least after Labor Day. But a lot awaits lawmakers when they return.
Who knows if there will be a pay raise… but one thing is for sure, health insurance premiums will be going up. The issue is, what will you pay them with?
The 2019 Bipartisan Budget Act sets defense and non-defense spending limits for the next two years, but much of the real work remains when Congress returns from August recess.
A 3.1% federal pay raise is another step closer to reality, as the House passed the financial services and general appropriations bill with a 224-196 vote Wednesday afternoon. The bill would also throw up several roadblocks to the Trump administration’s proposed merger of the Office of Personnel Management with the General Services Administration.
As agencies finish implementation of the 2019 retroactive federal pay raise, payroll providers say the past several months of complexity has shown their systems are ripe for modernization.
Going a decade without a raise has obviously made some lawmakers resentful of federal workers, at least when it comes to setting an amount and actually approving a raise.
A 3.1% federal pay raise in 2020 is another step closer to reality, as appropriators on Tuesday advanced the proposal to the full House for a vote.
The amount of the 2020 white collar federal pay raise will range anywhere from zero to 3.1% if federal unions and Democrats in the House have their way.