From the FEDweek Weekly Issue: Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Acceptance of 2017 Raise by Default Appears Set
Also likely to progress in the time ahead is the general government appropriations bill. A House subcommittee has approved that measure, which by remaining silent on a January 2017 federal employee raise effectively paves the way for one to be paid by default. The figure most likely will be the 1.6 percent President Obama originally recommended, although a further order in late summer would be needed to make that effective, assuming that Congress once again stays silent through the entire year on the issue. That bill also continues several long-running personnel policies, such as a general ban on FEHB plans covering abortion, along with barring the IRS from paying performance awards or other types of monetary payments to employees, or rehiring former employees, unless the individual's conduct record and personal tax compliance is considered. That bill, like most or all other appropriations bills, could be combined into a catchall measure rather than enacted individually—potentially not to happen until the post-election congressional session, with a temporary extension of current spending authority past the October 1 start of the new fiscal year enacted in the meantime.