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OPM calls for annual pay rate review

The Office of Personnel Management is asking agencies to review the special higher rates of pay they use to ensure sufficient recruitment and retention of certain General Schedule employees in specific occupations, grades and locations.

The Office of Personnel Management is asking agencies to review the special higher rates of pay they use to ensure sufficient recruitment and retention of certain General Schedule employees in specific occupations, grades and locations.

In a memorandum issued Aug. 8, OPM acting Director Kathleen McGettigan sought the special rate information for possible pay actions on those rates expected for January 2018.

The president’s budget for fiscal year 2018 proposes a 1.9 percent raise.

“In other words, any across-the-board general increase in GS base rates combined with any locality pay increases (which could vary by locality pay area) would be limited to a 1.9 percent overall increase in total basic payroll,” the memo states.” As of the date of this memorandum, the President has not exercised his alternative adjustment authorities or indicated whether the increase proposed in the budget would be implemented through an across-the-board increase in GS base rates and/or locality pay increases,” it continued.

The president would exercise his alternative plan authority for the GS base rate increase by Aug. 31, 2017, the memo noted.

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