President Biden put his plan to give civilian government workers an average 5.2% pay rise next month into action on Thursday by signing an executive order.
The plan, which was first put forward in March as part of his fiscal 2024 budget plan, calls for a 4.7% increase in basic pay and a 0.5% rise in locality pay. Biden is scheduled to sign the fiscal 2024 National Defence Authorization Act this week. This law says that military members will get an average 5.2% pay rise next year.
The average pay rise for government workers is now 5.2%, which is the biggest since the Carter administration gave workers a 9.1% rise in 1980. It’s also 0.6% more than last year’s rise, which was the biggest in 20 years.
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Tens of thousands of government workers will get a slightly bigger rise than expected on top of the historic pay rise. This is because the locality pay system has been changed a lot recently. Four new locality pay areas were accepted by the President’s Pay Agent last year. This group is made up of Kiran Ahuja, Director of the Office of Personnel Management, Shalanda Young, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Julie Su, Acting Labour Secretary. And finally, the group agreed to use new OMB data to update the map of locality pay areas, which will add dozens of counties to the ones that are already there.
The Office of Personnel Management needs to put out pay tables that show how much everyone will get paid more in each General Schedule pay grade and region pay area. They will be on the agency’s website after they have been changed.
For the first full pay period of 2024, which starts for most feds on January 14, the pay rise will take effect.
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