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IFPTE Urges House to Pass 3.1% Fed Pay Raise, Block OPM-GSA Merger

June 26, 2019

Dear Representative:

On behalf of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), representing upwards of 90,000 workers across the federal, public, and private sectors, we are writing regarding H.R.3351, the Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill that will be voted on this week. IFPTE believes this legislation has found the appropriate balance of properly recognizing the hard work of our federal workforce while adequately funding critical taxpayer services, and strongly supports its passage.

This bill includes a 3.1% increase in federal pay for FY2020, which IFPTE strongly believes is fiscally responsible, values the work that federal employees do, and is reflective of the income sacrificed by federal employees over the last decade. In recent years, federal employees contributed $200 billion to deficit reduction through three consecutive years of pay freezes, followed by paltry pay increases, and increased cost sharing of benefits.

IFPTE is also appreciative that the bill maintains the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and increases funding for OPM by $43.4 million. The language of this bill prevents the Trump Administration’s misguided proposal to eliminate OPM by merging it into the General Services Administration (GSA), the federal agency that manages and oversees procurement, office space, and communications for other federal agencies. Both the OPM and the GSA Inspectors General have raised concerns with implementing the merger of the two agencies and the dearth of planning and transparency around the proposed merger. Preserving the OPM as an independent agency responsible for maintaining a fair, accountable, and competitive merit-based hiring system—as well as health and life insurance and pension benefits for federal employees and retirees—is critical to maintaining a functioning government and a civil service system free from political interference.

We commend the Appropriations Committee and staff for their work on a bill and we ask that you vote to pass this important legislation. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact either of us or IFPTE legislative representative Faraz Khan at (202) 239-4880.


Paul Shearon

Matthew Biggs
Secretary-Treasurer/Legislative Director


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IFPTE's Letter to the House on the 3.1% Fed Pay Raise

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