Pay raise confirmed for feds, reform memo released

President Trump wants to reward federal employees, and while lifting the hiring freeze, he also confirmed reports that they will be receiving a pay raise in 2018 and highlighted his goals in reforming the federal workforce.

Reports of a pay increase began to circulate earlier this month based on documents sent by the White House Office of Management and Budget that instructed departments to prepare for a 1.9 percent pay raise.

On April 12, OMB Director Mick Mulvaney released a 14-page memo, the “Comprehensive Plan for Reforming the Federal Government and Reducing the Federal Civilian Workforce,” that he says reflects the president's goal of being a “great boss to work for.”

“The right message is we're trying to figure out a way to make the government more responsive and more accountable, and that means taking care of the people who are doing a good job,” Mulvaney said, adding, “And I hope that folks recognize the message that the president tried to send when he instructed through OMB that all the agencies give the full…1.9 percent increase.”  

Mulvaney said he has also asked federal agencies to address morale considering the workforce is under reform.

 “[O]ne of the frustrations that government workers have is that we don't reward those who do a really good job, and we don't punish those who do a lousy job,” he said, “That is one of the things we've asked the agencies to look at:  How do you restructure your personnel policies in order to point out people who are doing a great job and figuring out a way to get folks who are not delivering money for the taxpayer, get them on board with whatever it is—whatever policy you're trying to achieve. ”

The memo spells out a long-term plan to reduce the size and cost of the federal workforce and directs agency leaders to begin developing reform plans over the next two years.

Agencies have until June 30, 2017 to develop drafts of their reform plans to maximize employee performance.

Reader comments

Thu, Apr 20, 2017

So far no reality check

Wed, Apr 19, 2017

2014? I wish...

Wed, Apr 19, 2017

We constantly are told we don't have budget to hire the people we need yet many organizations hire outside contractors to do the same job at a higher cost. The first thing that needs to happen is to get rid of the contractors and fill those slots with Government workers. The sad truth is most of the contractors would not take the job as a civil servant as it would be less money.

Mon, Apr 17, 2017

Why doesn't anyone acknowledge that military personnel can collect 10,20, or even 100% disability, which is paid for by tax payers, then go out and work full time in public or private sector? If they are 100% disabled, and getting paid for that, doesn't that mean they are incapable of working? If you are on any other type of disability and you are capable of working you don't get paid, period.

Fri, Apr 14, 2017 Rochelle L. Foster Martinez, California

Regarding 1.9% raise. Is this for ALL classifications of federal workers? As a Title 38 employee, we are considered a "special classification" and thus we have not received any raises. It appears that only those who are employed under the GS system receive these raises.

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