The prospects of a 1% federal pay raise for civilian employees next year seems more likely.
A bipartisan group of House members say civilian employees should earn a 3% federal pay raise next year, a figure that matches what military members are on track to receive in 2021.
The latest budget proposal from the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government made no mention of a federal pay raise in 2021. In their silence, House appropriators are essentially deferring to the president’s proposed 1% pay raise for federal employees next year.
The president is already planning for a 1% federal pay raise for civilian employees for 2021, but Congress may — if it has time — pass its own proposal before the year ends. A House appropriations markup on Wednesday may give federal employees a glimpse at what’s to come.
This thin blue federal line isn’t paid according to its importance.
President Donald Trump’s proposed 1% across-the-board federal pay raise is an attempt to meet Congress “halfway” on the topic, as the administration also recommended more agency funding on employee performance rewards and bonuses.
The latest budget proposal from the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government made no mention of a federal pay raise in 2020, setting up a debate over whether civilian employees will receive a House-passed 3.1% or the president’s recommended 2.6% increase next year.
In a surprising reversal, President Donald Trump has chosen to give civilian federal employees a pay raise next year.
In today’s Federal Newscast, all signs point to federal employees’ paychecks looking a little larger by early next week.
For federal workers the good news is that Congress approved a 1.9 percent raise for them despite the fact that the president wanted to freeze pay in 2019.