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House Passes First Spending Package for FY2020, Will Vote Next Week on 3.1% Federal Pay Raise and Blocking OPM-GSA Merger

Next week, the House will vote to pass the FY2020 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill, H.R. 3351, which includes a 3.1% pay increase for federal employees. While this pay increase falls short of the 3.6% pay increase that IFPTE has urged Congress to pass through the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates Act (FAIR Act), it improves on the 1.9% pay increase for 2019 and the 1.8% pay increase for 2018. A summary of the Financial Services spending bill can be found here.

This week, the House passed a “minibus” spending bill package, H.R. 2740, for the next fiscal year that includes funding for the DoD, Army Corps of Engineers, Interior, Health and Human Services, and the State Department. The spending package increases spending over the previous year’s level for all agencies. A summary of the funding levels can be found here.

Also included in the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill is a measure to block funding for President Trump’s proposed dismantling of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and merge its functions into the General Services Agency (GSA). The Administration’s plan to move OPM functions has drawn concerns from the GSA’s Inspector General in late 2018 regarding the degradation of services that federal employees and retirees reply on. IFPTE and other federal sector unions have also pointed out that the Trump Administration plan to dismantle the independent agency that oversees the human resource policy and compensation for the federal employees and benefits for retirees would massively harm the merit-based federal civil service.