Executive Order — Adjustments of Certain Rates of Pay

Here is the Executive Order to which some of you have referred.  Please note that for Schedules 1 through 7, the effective date is the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning after March 27, 2013.  The only schedule that goes into effect immediately on January 1, 2013, is SCHEDULE 8–PAY OF THE UNIFORMED SERVICES (aka the military).

Regarding whether or not we get a raise, this is what one of our colleagues had to say (which I agree with): I would see a net of 12 dollars per pay period.  30 cents an hour.  It would take 2 hours to buy chips in the vending machine.  They can keep it!
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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
December 27, 2012

Executive Order — Adjustments of Certain Rates of Pay

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 114(b) of the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013 (Public Law 112–175), which provides that any statutory adjustments to current levels in certain pay schedules for civilian Federal employees may take effect on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning after the date specified in section 106(3) of Public Law 112-175, it is hereby ordered as follows: Continue reading “Executive Order — Adjustments of Certain Rates of Pay”

Will There Be a Pay Raise This Year?

Federal Salary Council

First of all, Federal employees do not get “cost-of-living” adjustments to their pay.  Rather, the Federal Salary Council (“FSC“), an advisory body of the Executive Branch of the United States Government, established under the provisions of the Section 5304(e)(1) of Title 5 of the United States Code, provides recommendations on the locality pay program created by the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act of 1990.

The locality pay program provides for localized pay differentials (also known as comparability payments) for Federal employees paid under the General Schedule (GS) who work in the 48 CONtinental United States (CONUS).

The President of the United States appoints the members of the FSC, which include three experts in labor relations and pay policy and six representatives of Federal labor unions and other employee organizations representing large numbers of GS employees.
Currently, AFGE National President J. David Cox and Public Policy Director Jacqueline Simon serve on the FSC, having been appointed by President Barack Obama on November 9, 2010.

The FSC submits recommendations on the locality pay program to the President’s Pay Agent. The FSC’s recommendations cover the establishment or modification of pay localities, the coverage of salary surveys (conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics) used to set locality pay, the process for making pay comparisons, and the level of comparability payments that should be made.
The FSC’s recommendations are advisory only and are not binding on the President.
However, it is the President’s Pay Agent makes the final determination as to the establishment or disestablishment of locality pay areas and also makes the final recommendation to the President regarding the amount of the annual Federal pay increase (if any).

History of the FY 2013 Pay Raise

On January 6, 2012, President Obama proposed a 0.5 percent pay raise for Federal employees, that would be reflected in its FY 2013 budget proposal to Congress.  Here is what a O.5% pay raise looks like for various example salaries, versus the previous pay raise which Federal employees received amounting to 2.01% for FY 2010 (our last pay raise of record).    Continue reading “Will There Be a Pay Raise This Year?”

Sequestration Can’t Touch Certain Pay and Benefits

Pay & Benefits Watch

Sequestration Can’t Touch Certain Pay and Benefits
By Kellie Lunney

Way back in August 2011, a Maryland senator explained to a roomful of his constituents the benefits of an obscure budget procedure known as sequestration.

Democrat Ben Cardin held a town hall meeting with Census Bureau employees last summer in Suitland, Md., fielding questions from nervous feds on the issues du jour and how they would affect pay and benefits. The topics ranged from the debt ceiling; the then-looming government shutdown; the civilian pay freeze; proposals to increase feds’ pension contributions; and the deficit reduction options under consideration by the congressional super committee, now better known as the failure that could trigger sequestration. Continue reading “Sequestration Can’t Touch Certain Pay and Benefits”