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someoldguy  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, June 11, 2019 3:24:41 PM(UTC)
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The Democrat-controlled House has advanced a proposal for a 3.1% federal pay raise for 2020... matching the military pay raise.

Now, the White House has once again proposed a pay freeze, and the Republican-controlled Senate is not likely to be 100% in agreement with the House, but the process is getting started a little sooner this time around.

Will the GOP-led Senate be more generous in an election year?

Many months yet for this all to play out, but maybe the raise will be a little more generous than 2019's 1.9%

Like maybe 2.1%? You read it here first.
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#2 Posted : Wednesday, June 12, 2019 7:50:57 AM(UTC)
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Thrilling. I'm only hoping we raise the debt ceiling without somebody thinking an effective bargaining strategy involves closing the government.
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#3 Posted : Tuesday, June 18, 2019 4:42:08 AM(UTC)
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That was one of the main reasons I did not take a State Department Job earlier this year and leave my current organization that works off a Defense Capital Work Fund. It was a risk that I was not willing to take with the current climate. That is a good starting point for a pay raise. We will see how it plays out!
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#4 Posted : Wednesday, June 19, 2019 3:37:13 AM(UTC)
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I always assume Zero. Anything over that is gravy.
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#5 Posted : Thursday, June 27, 2019 4:20:31 AM(UTC)
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The House passed an appropriations bill with a 3.1% raise yesterday. Now it has to get through the Senate, which hasn't introduced any appropriations bills yet.

https://federalnewsnetwo...to-block-opm-gsa-merger/
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#6 Posted : Friday, July 26, 2019 5:16:11 PM(UTC)
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I see in the news that the White House and the House of Representatives have reached agreement on a spending bill... how does that relate to legislation for the 2020 federal pay raise?
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#7 Posted : Saturday, July 27, 2019 1:38:42 PM(UTC)
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I see in the news that the White House and the House of Representatives have reached agreement on a spending bill... how does that relate to legislation for the 2020 federal pay raise?


I think what they have agreed to are the top line numbers, the split between defense and non-defense spending, and increasing the debt limit. There will still be negotiations over the details, including a pay raise, but at least it provides hope that there may not be a shut down next year.
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#8 Posted : Tuesday, July 30, 2019 4:04:23 PM(UTC)
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I saw an article that said this budget agreement takes the pressure off the pay raise negotiations, but it did not really say how. I think it has to do with the past about reducing the chances of a shutdown.

I think there's still a ways to go.
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#9 Posted : Friday, August 2, 2019 2:05:14 PM(UTC)
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One of my favorite news sites for feds, federalnewsnetwork.com posted another article about how the recent budget deal is good news for federal employees.

The main point was that there was no attempt to "reform" federal retirement (which usually mean federal employees pay more and get less), which some had expected. Also, previous two-year budget deals did include such measures, such as in 2013 when FERS FRAE was introduced... that's where people hired after 2013 pay 4.4% into their pension, but at least the benefit was not reduced. Recent proposals have included not only increasing the contribution, but changing the formula to "high five" instead of "high three" which would mean a reduced pension for just about any scenario I can think of.

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Trump endorses 2.6% across the board pay increase but no locality adjustment.

https://www.govexec.com/...-federal-workers/159588/
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#11 Posted : Saturday, August 31, 2019 4:10:21 AM(UTC)
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So does this set a "floor" for the pay raise? If the Senate does nothing, then this raise goes into effect. If by some fluke they sign up to the House plan then the locality pay is back in.

Anyway its better than the 2.1% raise that I kinda penciled in.
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#12 Posted : Tuesday, December 17, 2019 12:21:50 PM(UTC)
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Now I am seeing reports that there will be a 2.6% pay raise PLUS an average 0.5% increase in locality pay for an "average" 3.1% raise. Some areas will get a little less, some a little more... kinda like last year.

Supposedly this has been approved by both sides... but I'm not sure it is locked in quite yet.

And don't even think about the effect a possible shutdown might have on all this.
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#13 Posted : Thursday, December 19, 2019 1:31:02 PM(UTC)
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All signs point to "Yes" for the raise... but how long will it take for OPM to put together the pay rates and all that stuff?

Are we going to be in another back-pay situation?

Also it appears that the chances of a shutdown are low... albeit non-zero.
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#14 Posted : Thursday, December 19, 2019 2:02:41 PM(UTC)
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It seems like last year it took them over a month to publish the new tables. With the holidays, I’d be surprised to see anything before the end of January.
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#15 Posted : Friday, December 20, 2019 5:56:24 AM(UTC)
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Last year we were all on furlough and OPM's excuse for not publishing the pay tables was that -- they were on furlough. There's no excuse this year - we hope.
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#16 Posted : Friday, December 20, 2019 8:52:35 AM(UTC)
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There was also a delay with the EO being signed, which will likely reoccur.
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#17 Posted : Friday, December 20, 2019 11:51:15 AM(UTC)
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And didn't all the various agencies claim they needed time after OPM published the pay tables to update their systems?

I'm looking to that lump sum in February maybe.
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