It’s official: Federal employees are getting a pay raise next year.
President Barack Obama on Friday signed an Executive Order authorizing a 1.3 percent pay raise. It comes after the passage of the $1.1 trillion spending bill.
The omnibus bill continues the pay freeze for the Vice President and senior political appointees.
The raise goes into effect Jan. 1. OPM released a memo outlining the salary tables.
The President sent a letter to congressional leaders in August authorizing across-the-board and locality pay adjustments.
“Specifically, I have determined that for 2016, across-the-board pay increases will be 1.0 percent,” he wrote. “Also, I will make a decision by November 30, 2015, regarding an alternative plan for locality payments under 5 U.S.C. 5304a. The alternative plan for locality payments will be limited so that the total combined cost of the 1.0 percent across-the-board base pay increase and the varying locality pay increases will be 1.3 percent of basic payroll, consistent with the assumption in my 2016 Budget. These decisions will not materially affect our ability to attract and retain a well-qualified Federal workforce.”