Trump signs executive order for 2019 pay raise

President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order officially approving the retroactive 1.9 percent pay for federal employees.

Congress approved the raise in the spending deal that funded the government through the end of September following the 35-day partial government shutdown earlier this year, and officials promised it would go into effect by spring.

The executive order authorizes an average, across-the-board raise of 1.4 percent, with an additional 0.5 percent adjusted in locality pay rates.

Margaret Weichert, acting director of the Office of Personnel Management,on the same day, issued a memo to agency leaders stating that senior political appointees will also receive an increase of up to 1.9 percent in the preexisting payable rates, which had been frozen since 2014.

“While not payable to freeze-covered officials, those official rates continue to be used in establishing pay limitations for employees not covered by the pay freeze,” the memo states.

The memo also includes guidance that provides information on the employees covered by the pay freeze, the rates of pay affected, the application and effective date of the special increases of up to 1.9 percent, the bar on other increases, and exceptions to the pay freeze.

Employees can expect to see the raise in their paychecks after the next full pay period.

Reader comments

Fri, Apr 19, 2019 Juliana S. Portland, Oregon

I continue to say the same thing. 1.9% is not a pay raise. They can call it a pay raise, but it is NOT a pay raise. It is, at best, a cost of living adjustment. 1.9% still doesn't cover for the federal employee health insurance (regular insurance, dental and vision) that I am required to buy by law. In FY19 I will be effectively taking a pay cut, even with 1.9% increase. A true increase should be more like a 4% raise and 1.5% for locality. Military should get just as much if not more. This is how it used to be. A pay raise is when you get money from your job that allows you to buy things you normally wouldn't be able to buy. For instance, a new used car to get to work to so you don't need to spend 3 hours on city buses like I do each day. A pay raise is not meant to cover for the increase in the cost of your health insurance, or even for the increase in the cost of a gallon of milk.

Wed, Apr 17, 2019 Johnny DC

Thanks Trump, just hope you didn't sacrifice to much like "FREE" Health INS for all aka "New Americans" - the undocumented Illegal Immigrant NON US citizens. If so, the pay raise will help cover the increase in taxes to pay their Health INS and support their American Dream of living off the government.

Wed, Apr 17, 2019 Johnny DC

3.0 would have been better, but we'll take what we can get from the hypocrites in Congress.

Tue, Apr 16, 2019


Mon, Apr 1, 2019

1.9% pay raise thank the idiots in congress, senate and the administration. especially thank Mitch McConnel the epitome of minions. Our labor unions surely went to bat for us!!!!!!

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