The White House issued an Executive Order implementing a 2.1 percent average pay increase for General Schedule federal employees effective with the first pay period of 2017. Here are the resulting 2017 General Schedule pay tables.
The President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget proposal to Congress recommended a 1.6 percent average pay increase for 2017, with one percent designated for the across-the-board pay raise and the remaining amount allocated to increasing locality pay rates. Earlier this year, the President, under authority provided by the federal pay law, issued alternative pay plans to Congress calling for the 1.6 percent average pay raise. Congress did not include any language designating or blocking a pay raise in its earlier appropriations measures or in the enacted Continuing Resolution that runs through April 28, 2017.
However, after Congress provided military personnel a 2.1% pay increase for 2017 in its final deliberations on the annual defense authorization bill at the end of November, NTEU called for pay parity for all government workers and worked with federal-employee friendly lawmakers to secure a higher pay increase for federal civilians, resulting in a subsequent alternative pay plan from the Administration that increased locality pay rates. Today’s Executive Order formally implements this higher average 2.1% pay raise.
While NTEU was pleased with these recent actions to increase federal employee pay, NTEU National President Tony Reardon recognizes the toll the last few years of pay freezes and meager pay raises have had on the federal workforce. NTEU is committed to working hard to increase pay, protect retirement, safeguard collective bargaining rights–and to ensure respect for federal employees and their work—in 2017.