Federal News Radio Reporter Nicole Ogrysko discusses this week’s federal pay policy deadline, and key provisions of the president’s workforce executive order being struck down in federal court.
As outlined in the 2019 NDAA, military personnel will receive a 2.6% pay increase next year. However, whether civilian federal employees will receive a bump in pay is yet to be determined. With the president’s goal to completely overhaul how federal workers are paid, a pay freeze is looking increasingly likely. Nicole Ogrysko, reporter at Federal News Radio, says that a decision on the future of federal pay must be made by the end of the week. “August 31 is the time the president has to make a determination on federal pay, whatever it is. We could see indication of a pay freeze as the president suggested in his budget proposal, it could be something entirely different,” said Ogrysko. “This is generally something that comes out at about the last time that it possibly can, so that’s what we’re going to see most likely on Friday.” In other news, Ogrysko says that a federal judge has struck down nine provisions of the president’s workforce executive order. The provisions targeted policies such as collective bargaining, official time, and employee removal. “I think it’s a pretty big win for the federal unions. Interestingly enough, she said the orders themselves weren’t unlawful, the president had authority to issue executive orders about this topic, but that the nine provisions conflicted with what Congress intended in developing the Federal Labor Management Relations Statute,” Ogrysko told Government Matters.