Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney confirmed reports last week that President Trump’s fiscal budget request will include an across-the-board 1.9 percent pay raise for federal employees in 2018.
In a press conference last week, Mulvaney stated: “The right message is we’re trying to figure out a way to make the government more responsive and more accountable, and that means taking care of the people who are doing a good job. And I hope that folks recognize the message that the President tried to send when he instructed through OMB that all the agencies give full … 1.9 percent increase this year…”
The 2018 federal pay raise would start in January 2018 unless Congress proposes a different amount during the budget process this year. In February, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) reintroduced the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act, that would provide a 3.2% increase in 2018.
It it not known how the across-the-board 1.9 percent pay raise would be allocated in General Schedule base pay and locality pay.