Dear Bureaucrat, We’re trapped under the salary cap! - January 27, 2020
David S. Reed, Center for Public Administrators, Federal Times
Federal employees at the GS-15 grade aren’t paid for step increases they have earned. This is becoming an increasing problem in the D.C. area as more and more of our top-performing people are ineligible for an increase, year after year. Though I see the problem mentioned, I have not seen any efforts to either remove that statutory cap, or raise the Exec Schedule, thereby giving capped 15's some breathing room. With a staff of high-performing 15's, it is harder and harder to reward them with “the gift that keeps on giving” that is a pay increase.