The author says that there are artificial limits in place under the Federal Wage System that are limiting the pay potential of some federal employees. He looks at the history of the situation and provides an example of how this is happening.
Two lawmakers are introducing legislation that would give federal employees a 3.8% pay raise in 2016.
Will new locality pay areas be established in 2015? Here is a quick summary of the situation from the perspective of the Federal Salary Council.
A new petition is circulating which asks the president’s Pay Agent to implement the 12 new pay localities recently recommended by the Federal Salary Council.
No action has been taken on a recommendation to approve new locality pay areas in 2015.
The author says that federal employees who move to more expensive locality areas prior to retirement can actually boost their annuity after retirement. He explains how this works through the use of some hypothetical examples.
Will new locality pay areas be added to the federal GS pay system in 2015? A report from the President’s Pay Agent suggests this will be done but no final decision has been made.
Federal employees in areas as far apart as Albany, NY to Las Vegas and Tucson are wondering, “What about my locality pay?”
Despite the recommendations of the Federal Salary Council, locality pay areas will be the same in 2014 as they were in 2013.
Federal employees in a number of metropolitan areas are likely to be included in new locality pay areas in 2014.