White House: Yes, There's Still a Pay Freeze

By on December 19, 2011 in Current Events with 82 Comments

President Obama issued an executive order Monday outlining the pay rates for various federal salary schedules for 2012.

The executive order is issued annually to set pay rates, and, not surprisingly, there is no change from 2011 for most federal employees since the pay freeze is still in effect. This is noted in the text of the document where it states “…freezes certain pay schedules for civilian Federal employees at 2010 levels through 2012.”

The full text of the executive order follows.

ADJUSTMENTS OF CERTAIN RATES OF PAY

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Continuing Appropriations and Surface Transportation Extensions Act, 2011 (Public Law 111 322), which freezes certain pay schedules for civilian Federal employees at 2010 levels through 2012 and provides for the phase-in of the full applicable locality pay rates in non-foreign areas pursuant to the Non-Foreign Area Retirement Equity Assurance Act of 2009 (5 U.S.C. 5304 note), it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1.  Statutory Pay Systems.  Pursuant to the Continuing Appropriations and Surface Transportation Extensions Act, 2011 (Public Law 111 322; December 22, 2010), the rates of basic pay or salaries of the statutory pay systems (as defined in 5 U.S.C. 5302(1)) are set forth on the schedules attached hereto and made a part hereof:

(a)  The General Schedule (5 U.S.C. 5332(a)) at Schedule 1;

(b)  The Foreign Service Schedule (22 U.S.C. 3963) at Schedule 2; and

(c) The schedules for the Veterans Health Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs (38 U.S.C. 7306, 7404; section 301(a) of Public Law 102 40) at Schedule 3.

Sec. 2.  Senior Executive Service.  The ranges of rates of basic pay for senior executives in the Senior Executive Service, as established pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 5382, are set forth on Schedule 4 attached hereto and made a part hereof.

Sec. 3.  Certain Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Salaries.  The rates of basic pay or salaries for the following offices and positions are set forth on the schedules attached hereto and made a part hereof:

(a)  The Executive Schedule (5 U.S.C. 5312 5318) at Schedule 5;

(b)  The Vice President (3 U.S.C. 104) and the Congress (2 U.S.C. 31) at Schedule 6; and

(c)  Justices and judges (28 U.S.C. 5, 44(d), 135, 252, and 461(a), and section 140 of Public Law 97 92) at Schedule 7.

Sec. 4.  Uniformed Services.  The rates of monthly basic pay (37 U.S.C. 203(a)) for members of the uniformed services, as adjusted under 37 U.S.C. 1009, and the rate of monthly cadet or midshipman pay (37 U.S.C. 203(c)) are set forth on Schedule 8 attached hereto and made a part hereof.

Sec. 5.  Locality Based Comparability Payments.  (a)  Pursuant to section 5304 of title 5, United States Code, the Non Foreign Area Retirement Equity Assurance Act of 2009 (5 U.S.C. 5304 note), and the Continuing Appropriations and Surface Transportation Extensions Act, 2011 (Public Law 111 322; December 22, 2010), locality based comparability payments shall be paid in accordance with Schedule 9 attached hereto and made a part hereof.

(b)  The Director of the Office of Personnel Management shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement these payments and to publish appropriate notice of such payments in the Federal Register.

Sec. 6.  Administrative Law Judges.  Pursuant to section 5372 of title 5, United States Code, the rates of basic pay for administrative law judges are set forth on Schedule 10 attached hereto and made a part hereof.

Sec. 7.  Effective Dates.  Schedule 8 is effective January 1, 2012.  The other schedules contained herein are effective on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning on or after January 1, 2012.

Sec. 8.  Prior Order Superseded.  Executive Order 13561 of December 22, 2010, is superseded.

BARACK OBAMA

THE WHITE HOUSE,
         December 19, 2011.

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