Trump signs executive order for 2019 pay raise
- By Sherkiya Wedgeworth
- Mar 28, 2019
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.