Two New Locality Pay Areas Approved
Federal employees in two locations can expect a pay increase for 2018.
The President’s Pay Agent tentatively approved a recommendation to fold in Burlington, Vermont, and Virginia Beach/Norfolk, Virginia, as two new locality pay areas, according to their Dec. 5 report.
13 new areas were added to the locality pay system last year. This change impacted about 102,000 federal employees.
With the pay agent’s approval, the motion now moves to “appropriate rulemaking” with input from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, meaning federal employees in those locations wouldn’t see any changes until 2018, reports Federal News Radio.
Back in November of 2015, the Federal Salary Council voted to remove Burlington and Virginia Beach/Norfolk from the “rest of U.S.” pay category and set them up as separate entities.
The President’s Pay Agent also rejected once again the Council’s recommendation to eliminate the GS Employment Criteria– the number of GS employees working in a specific location–as the criteria for its locality pay area decisions.
“We disagree that it is appropriate to eliminate the GS employment criterion for evaluating areas adjacent to locality pay areas or to change the locality pay program’s treatment for micropolitan or single-county locations,” the pay agent wrote in its report.
The President’s Pay Agent also once again emphasized the need to reexamine the federal pay system as a whole, as well as the model and methodology it uses to compare public and private sector pay.
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