5% Raise For All Federal Workers Tucked Into Bill

  • For federal employees, the most significant part of the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending package that Congress unveiled this week may not be contained in the text of the legislation itself, but rather found in what’s not said.
  • The 4,155-page bill, which House and Senate lawmakers released in the early morning hours of Dec. 20, doesn’t make any reference to the 4.6% across-the-board federal pay raise, in effect silently endorsing the Biden administration’s proposal for 2023. The bill additionally supports a 4.6% pay raise for military members in 2023.
  • But there are still a couple of steps before the pay raise can become official in January. President Joe Biden must sign an executive order to implement the federal pay raise before the end of the calendar year, even after Congress passes the omnibus spending package.
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