The White House issued an Executive Order implementing the 1.9 percent average pay increase for General Schedule federal employees that is effective with the first pay period of 2018.
The President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget proposal to Congress recommended a 1.9 percent average pay increase for 2018, with 1.4 percent designated for the across-the-board pay raise and an average 0.5 percent increase to locality pay rates. It is important to note that the 0.5 percent locality pay figure is an average number, meaning some areas will receive locality pay increases below this figure, while others will receive locality pay rate increases slightly above this figure.
Earlier this year, the President, under authority provided by the federal pay law, issued an alternative pay plan to Congress calling for the 1.9 percent average pay raise. Congress did not include any language designating or blocking a pay raise earlier in the year or in the enacted Continuing Resolution that runs through January 19, 2018.
This Executive Order formally implements the calendar year 2018 pay raise. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released the 2018 General Schedule pay tables. These pay tables are specific and cumulative (across-the-board pay raise plus locality pay) for each designated locality pay area and rest of the U.S.
While I am pleased federal employees are receiving a pay increase for their hard work on behalf of the American people, NTEU believes this pay adjustment should have been higher—particularly at a time when the economy is healthy and the pay law calls for a 1.9% across-the-board raise before locality pay is added. I am also troubled by media reports of potential plans for a pay freeze in 2019, and of further attacks on overall federal employee compensation in the new year. I want to assure you that NTEU stands ready to advocate on our behalf in 2018.