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Trump announces 2020 raise in fed, locality pay

President Trump has announced that he will reverse the planned pay freeze for federal employees, and instead will implement a 2.6 percent governmentwide pay increase.

“I have determined that it is appropriate to exercise my authority to set alternative across-the-board and locality pay adjustments for 2019…,” Trump wrote in an Aug. 30 letter to the Speaker of the House, adding, “As noted in my Budget for Fiscal Year 2020, our pay system must reform to align with mission-critical recruitment and retention goals, and to reward employees whose performance provides value for the American people.”

The announcement is a complete turnaround from the 2020 budget released in March, which proposed an across-the-board pay freeze for civilian employees and a 3.1 percent increase for military personnel.

In the letter, Trump contends that current law dictates that a 2.6 percent across-the-board increase for the base General Schedule is set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2020, in addition to a 24 percent average increase in locality pay.

“In light of our nation’s fiscal situation, federal employee pay must be performance-based, and aligned strategically toward recruiting, retaining, and rewarding high-performing federal employees and those with critical skill sets,” he added.

Read the full announcement here.

Reader comments

Wed, Mar 25, 2020

Many of us government workers came out of the military already trained in our field, and we had to start at the bottom of the barrel in pay grade. We were always paid less than the private sector workers, but we did it because we were devoted to public service all our lifes, and I didn't regret it for a minute. That just the way it was, and is.

Sat, Jan 4, 2020 Philadelphia

Does this affect postal workers? Does anyone know

Sun, Dec 8, 2019 Marv Indiana

I for one am glad for anything for COLA. Its better then what we've gotten in years past. Could be better but im thankful. Just sayin.

Sat, Dec 7, 2019

The AVERAGE federal worker is way overpaid. Certain federal workers, such as engineers, physicians, and other scientists are ridiculously underpaid. Service members have gone from being grossly underpaid several decades ago to unsustainably overpaid today. Please ensure that your comments reflect your particular occupation and situation. That is all. Carry on.

Mon, Dec 2, 2019

Federal employees are paid less than the private sector for the same type of work. Average salary comparisons don't recognize that on govt facilities many non-professional employees such as security, food service, maintenance and janitorial are actually contractors that are private sector employees. This lowers the private sector avg and raises the govt avg. Avg private vs avg gov't isn't apples-to-apples unless it's within a given job description.

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