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Trump Administration Proposes Pay Raises For Tens Of Thousands Of Feds

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Henry Rodgers Capitol Hill Reporter

Nearly 62,000 federal employees could see a pay raise thanks to proposals from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) under President Donald Trump’s administration.

The proposed regulations, put forward by OPM Director Jeff Pon, would add four new regions to the list of locality pay areas for 2019, including Birmingham-Hoover-Talladega, Alabama; Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont; San Antonio-New Braunfels-Pearsall, Texas; and Virginia Beach, Virginia, according to Government Executive.

“On behalf of the President’s Pay Agent, the Office of Personnel Management is issuing proposed regulations to establish four new General Schedule locality pay areas, make certain changes to the definitions of existing locality pay areas, and make minor clarifying changes to the names of two locality pay areas,” the proposal states.

The proposal published in the Federal Register would be the first of recommendations to be put in place from the Federal Salary Council since Trump assumed the presidency.

“The proposed changes in locality pay area definitions would be applicable on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning on or after January 1, 2019, subject to issuance of final regulations. Locality pay rates for the four new locality pay areas would be set by the President after the new locality pay areas would be established by regulation,” the proposal continues. (RELATED: Trump Just Made It Easier To Fire Bad Federal Employees)

The public will be able to comment on the proposal for 30 days starting on July 9.

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