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Pay Agent rejects locality pay proposal

Based on the recommendations of the Federal Salary Council, the advisory group that makes pay recommendations to the President’s Pay Agent, two new localities have tentatively been approved, but the agent did not agree on all of the council's recommendations.

Based on the recommendations of the Federal Salary Council, the advisory group that makes pay recommendations to the President’s Pay Agent,  two new localities have tentatively been approved, but the agent did not agree on all of the council's recommendations.

In its December report on the council’s recommendations, the agent said that agree it approves of the plan to establish a separate Burlington, Vt., locality pay area and a separate Virginia Beach, Va., locality pay area, but “disagree that it is appropriate to eliminate the GS employment criterion for evaluating areas adjacent to locality pay areas or to change the locality pay program’s treatment of micropolitan areas or single-county locations.”

The report continued, “[T]here is a need to consider reforms of the white-collar federal pay system, which utilizes a process requiring a single percentage adjustment in the pay of all white-collar civilian federal employees in each locality pay area without regard to the differing labor markets for major occupational groups.”

Instead of increasing the salaries of those employees living in the surrounding areas of existing, larger pay areas, the agent suggested that the model for estimating pay disparities be re-examined.

Employees who work in areas outside of specific regional pay localities are included in the “rest of U.S.” pay locality.

Reader comments

Thu, Dec 22, 2016

Austin, TX gets screwed again. The population of the Federal workforce has nothing to do with the cost of the labor force in the area.

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