Because of the pay freeze, federal employees living in the six new locality pay areas will have to wait at least another year before seeing any increase in their paychecks.
In today’s Federal Newscast, the Office of Personnel Management’s inspector general assesses what the agency has done to improve its cybersecurity controls since the 2014 data breach.
The Federal Salary Council also offered some reassurance to federal employees in at least four areas where locality pay is still pending. Locality pay rates should be finalized in time for employees’ first paychecks in January 2019, the Office of Personnel Management said.
Federal employees in these four new areas would likely see the locality pay changes on or after Jan. 1, 2019 in their first paychecks of the new year.
The Trump administration has been pulling at the Gordian knot of federal employment.
In today’s Federal Newscast, after spending 2017 with low budgets, the head of the Coast Guard says his service is now punching at the middleweight class.
The Federal Salary Council will also review the methodology it currently uses to determine the locality pay program.
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.
Federal employees looking for major changes to locality pay will be disappointed in 2018, as the entities that typically make small but significant moves on federal salaries were largely inactive during the first year of the Trump administration.
The President’s Pay Agent approved a recommendation to add Burlington, Vermont, and Virginia Beach, Virginia, to the list of separate locality pay areas for 2018. The pay agent signed off on one recommendation from the Federal Salary Council but little else.