President Signs Executive Order on Federal Pay Raise

President issues executive order on 2004 pay raise

The bureaucracy moves slowly but it is moving. The executive order on pay has been moving through the clearance process and finally got to the Oval Office.

In the past few days, a number of readers have sent e-mail asking, in effect, “What is the status of our pay raise?” or “When is the President going to issue an executive order approving our pay raise?” or, at least one reader who believes in being direct said “Where’s the money I was promised in my new pay raise?”

We have consistently and politely replied “We have no idea but will let you know as soon as it is issued.”

Last night, without any fanfare, the White House released the new executive order announcing “Further Adjustment of Certain Rates of Pay”. is pleased to bring this executive order to your attention. You can view a copy of the new executive order here or from the link on the left hand side of this page.

We know readers will have a few more questions including “When will I get my money?” or “How much money will I get living in (fill in the blank for your city)?” or “Where are the attachments referenced in the executive order.”

The short answer is that we don’t know the answer to these questions. While we have the new memo, the attachments are not yet available but should be available very soon from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Information on locality pay will be published in the Federal Register by OPM. Once the information is available and distributed to agencies, the data will have to be programmed into agency payroll system computers. will update our pay calculators with the new information once it is available also.

So don’t spend the money yet. Based on last year’s experience, it may be late spring or early summer before the money is deposited into your bank account.

The bureaucracy moves slowly but it is moving.

About the Author

Ralph Smith has several decades of experience working with federal human resources issues. He has written extensively on a full range of human resources topics in books and newsletters and is a co-founder of two companies and several newsletters on federal human resources. Follow Ralph on Twitter: @RalphSmith47