Trump Green-lights Pay Raise for Feds

Federal employees will soon see a small bump in their pay. President Donald Trump on March 28 signed an executive order authorizing a 1.9 percent pay increase for this year, retroactive to January.

The Office of Personnel Management said in a statement it has worked proactively with payroll providers to make sure “the execution as seamlessly as possible.”

OPM issued new pay tables and guidance a day after the executive order was signed and said agencies and payroll processors “will work quickly to update their systems and process retroactive pay actions.” The exact timing of implementation may vary, however, OPM said. 

In a memo to agency heads, OPM Acting Director Margaret Weichert said some senior political officials will get a pay bump of up to 1.9 percent in the preexisting payable rates – which had been frozen since 2014.

The pay raise was part of the spending bill Trump signed into law Feb. 15. Federal employees have since been waiting -- and asking -- for an update about their new pay.

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