ADMINISTRATION TO REAFFIRM 1.9 PERCENT FEDERAL PAY RAISE - August 16, 2017
Message on Pay Raise Likely Ahead
President Trump likely will issue a message by the end of this month restating his intent to provide federal employees a 1.9 percent average pay raise in January, a step taken routinely in recent years as Congress has shied away from addressing the raise issue.
As was the case up to this point in the past four years, Congress has been silent on a raise, putting no figure in the pending appropriations bills for the fiscal year that starts in October. If that silence continues to the year’s end, as it did before, the pay law calls for the administration’s recommended “alternative” raise–alternative to the much larger raise that would otherwise have to be paid–to take effect by default.