A Senate Appropriations Subcommittee has advanced the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) appropriations measure, which includes government-wide federal employee items.
Traditionally, this is the measure that carries the General Schedule (GS) federal employee pay raise. In recent years, Congress has remained silent on a pay raise, allowing White House-proposed pay raises to be implemented and enacted instead. However, as you know, the Administration has proposed a pay freeze for January 2019. NTEU has advocated on Capitol Hill given the combination of pay freezes and meager pay raises in recent years, and a robust economy, for Congress to reassert its pay-setting role and to provide a January 2019 pay increase. The Administration and Congress have also recently acted upon, and are on track to provide, a 2.6 % pay raise for military personnel in 2019.
NTEU is pleased to report that the Senate Subcommittee measure provides a 1.9 % pay raise for federal employees for January 2019. The subcommittee bill includes a 1.4 % across-the-board pay increase, with 0.5 % for increases to locality pay rates (rates vary by specific locality pay area). The pay language results from the bipartisan work of Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Chris Coons (D-CT), leaders of the subcommittee, and other Senate allies, in recognition of the service provided by federal employees to the nation. The measure also includes language to ensure that Wage Grade employees ultimately receive the same pay adjustment as GS employees.
This measure, which has not yet been released, is set to be acted upon by the full Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday. I will keep you updated on this measure’s progress, including on any further developments regarding the 2019 pay raise.