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Lawmakers pen letter asking status of pay raise

Nine capital-area Democrats want answers from the Trump administration on when a 1.9 percent pay raise for civilian feds, approved in the recent appropriations package and retroactive to the start of the year, will start showing up in paychecks.

In a March 5 letter, led by Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), the members called on President Donald Trump to issue an executive order authorizing the pay raise and for the Office of Personnel Management to publish pay tables to calculate the value of the raise across general schedule levels and localities.

"Given the continued impact of the recent shutdown," the lawmakers wrote, "any delay in implementing the 1.9 percent pay raise enacted into law is unacceptable. It is also imperative that retroactive lump sum payments be calculated in accordance with this pay increase."

The members want to hear back from Russell Vought, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget and Margaret Weichert, acting OPM director, by March 15.

Reader comments

Tue, Mar 26, 2019

Still no pay raise. Proof that the President nor the department heads care about the lowly federal employee. We are political pawns to be used in anyway that moves their agenda on both sides of the aisle.

Fri, Mar 15, 2019

Dear Anne: He has not completed his job. He needs to sign an executive order to reverse the pay freeze that he signed in December. Love when people comment but can't be bothered to know how gvmt works...

Wed, Mar 13, 2019

since law makers are ineffective there should be an 85% reduction in salary and benefits to offset any cuts in federal employee retirement benefits.

Mon, Mar 11, 2019

The supposed law makers are actually law breakers. Marking furloughed federal employees come back to work for no compensation at that time along with both the democrats and republicans making themselves rich at the expense of the federal workers and tax payers is just the way they do business. Also the unions condone such activity and they think a 1.9% increase is great (as long as they are getting much more than that in bonuses and regular salary increases.

Fri, Mar 8, 2019 Steve

Look I voted for the Donald After he froze our pay raise then shut the government down for 5 weeks and referr to us GWs as all Democrats what do you expect 1.9% is a joke after what he put us through the shut down I would forget that come 2020

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