Update on Government Funding for Fiscal Year 2019 and Employee Pay

The possibility of a federal government shutdown remains.

Seal of the United States SenateToday, the U.S. Senate adopted a funding measure, H.R. 6157, by a vote of 93-7 that would provide select agencies, including the NTEU-represented Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Hearings Operations at the Social Security Administration, with full year funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, while also keeping other agencies, including the IRS and CBP, operating under a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) through Friday, December 7th. At this time, it is expected that the House of Representatives will act on this legislation when it comes back into session next week. However, the White House has not yet announced whether it supports Congress’ plan for a CR for some agencies, meaning the possibility of a shutdown (or select agency shutdowns) on Monday, October 1st remains. Continue reading “Update on Government Funding for Fiscal Year 2019 and Employee Pay”

Update on Government Funding for Fiscal Year 2019 and Employee Pay

Formal conferences were held this week to resolve differences between the House and Senate minibus II, which contains the Senate-passed 1.9% pay increase for January.

114th United States Congress
114th United States Congress

As you know, Congress has been working in recent months to pass FY19 appropriations bills in small groups, each called a “minibus,” after President Trump expressed displeasure in the spring at signing an omnibus appropriations bill, consisting of all 12 delayed FY18 bills, and stated that he would never do that again. As of today, both the Senate and House have passed the so-called minibus I, H.R. 5895, consisting of full year funding for the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs funding measures. The President is expected to sign the bill. Continue reading “Update on Government Funding for Fiscal Year 2019 and Employee Pay”

Update on Government Funding for Fiscal Year 2019

Congress is working to pass nine of the 12 appropriations bills before the end of the fiscal year, including the bill impacting federal employee pay, but challenges remain.

The House of Representatives (Jan. 3 file photo).With the start of the 2019 Fiscal Year (FY) only a few weeks away, Congress has been actively working on appropriations bills, passing them in small groups, each called a “minibus,” after President Trump expressed displeasure in the spring at signing an omnibus appropriations bill, consisting of all 12 delayed FY18 bills, and stated that he would never do that again. Continue reading “Update on Government Funding for Fiscal Year 2019”