Although Congress passed a federal pay raise in a funding bill that became law on February 15, federal employees have not received the increase in their paychecks.
The raise included 1.4 percent across-the-board, and another 0.5 percent toward locality pay, retroactive to the first pay period of 2019. The pay increase overturned a pay freeze that had already been enacted.
“It’s an EO [Executive Order] that unleashes the retroactive pay,” said Margaret Weichert, deputy director of management at the Office of Management and Budget and acting director of the Office of Personnel Management at a press event yesterday. “You’re dealing with pay tables that are so highly complex. It is exceedingly legalistic as to how we get this squared away.”
According to FederalNewNetwork.com, the executive order and pay tables that will make the 2019 federal pay raise official for civilian employees is nearing completion. “We’re in the final legal clearance stage,” Weichert, said. “I know that sounds like you’ve heard that before. To me this is an object lesson in the complexity of our pay systems.”
My Federal Retirement will announce when the official information is made available.