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.
Beyond the usual slew of appropriations bills and confirmation votes awaiting Congress when it returns to Capitol Hill next month, here are a few other standalone bills worth tracking that could impact federal employees.
The Trump administration is also planning to study the full scope of federal employees’ pay, benefits other opportunities for recognition, in effort to prove to Congress that the workforce would benefit from more flexible performance-based awards over across-the-board pay raises.
More than 81 percent of career members of the Senior Executive Service earned an award in 2016, compared to about 71 percent in fiscal 2015.
Other agency CIOs should take notice for how House lawmakers focused on the $250,000 paid to the Education Department CIO despite what they call poor overall performance, most specifically around cybersecurity.
The Office of Personnel Management is reminding managers of existing protocols for reviewing their employees. OPM encouraged executives to apply the “employee engagement plus” methodology to their appraisal process.
OPM Director John Berry said the administration is trying to be ”responsible and professional” when it comes to changing the bonus and pay structure. He said agencies should take a step back and make sure they are using these programs effectively and promoting the best employees.