House Committee Approves 3.1% Raise, Blocks Dismantling of OPM

Categories: Pay, The Insider

Thanks to the hard work of our AFGE members and lobbying team, we are one step closer to a pay raise next year. The House Appropriations Committee on June 11 approved a 3.1% raise for federal employees in 2020, following in the footstep of a subcommittee which approved the raise the week before.

The measure, which is part of the 2020 financial services and general government funding bill, is a rejection of President Trump’s proposal to freeze federal employees’ pay next year. It still needs to be approved by the full House and the Senate and signed by the president.

The committee also expressed concerns and blocked the administration’s reckless proposal to eliminate the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and move its functions to the General Services Administration (GSA) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The committee advanced the bill with a provision that prohibits funding for the transfer of functions from OPM to GSA.

To ensure the committee remains informed of the administration’s actions in this area, it required OPM to submit quarterly reports to the committee and the OPM Inspector General to keep the committee informed of any proposed reorganization efforts with details on timelines, impact on OPM funding, changes in staff levels in each functional unit, gained efficiencies, impact on employee unions and space allocation, and improved service deliverables.

The OPM Inspector General has been directed to review and comment on each report within 60 days and submit its analysis to the committee.

“In addition, the Committee reminds OPM of its obligation to engage in prior consultation with and notify the Committee of any reorganizations, restructurings, new programs, or elimination of programs as described in title VI of this Act,” said the appropriators.

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