House Committee Action on 2018 Pay Increase

The House Appropriations Committee has approved a bill that would allow the President’s proposed 1.9% pay increase to go into effect this January.

A dark contrast photo of the US Capitol against cloudy gray skies.The House Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) appropriations bill has been approved by the House Appropriations Committee. Historically, this is the measure that carries the General Schedule for federal employee pay raise.

As in the past four years, the bill did not include specific language on the January 2018 across-the-board pay increase, which would allow the President’s 1.9% proposed raise to go into effect in January unless further Congressional action is taken to increase or decrease the proposed raise. The FSGG appropriations bill must still be approved by the full House and Senate. The measure did include language to ensure that Wage Grade employees ultimately receive the same pay adjustment as General Schedule employees.

Language in this bill would also ensure federal employees affected by the Office of Personnel Management personnel records and background investigations data breaches would continue to be able to receive credit monitoring and ID theft protection services.

Money in walletNTEU believes the proposed 1.9% pay raise amount is too low, and is working to secure Congressional support for a higher pay raise. NTEU supports legislation that would instead provide a 3.2% pay increase in January. To find out more, and see what you can do, by visiting the NTEU Legislative Action Center.