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Federal Civilian Pay Rises 2.3 Percent in January

By Douglas J. Gillert
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 1997 – President Clinton authorized a 2.3 percent federal pay raise nationwide and an average locality increase of .5 percent.

Civil Service employees under the General Schedule pay system will receive at least a 2.3 percent pay raise Jan. 1, 1998. Depending on where they work, they may receive an additional locality pay adjustment.

Executive Schedule, Senior Executive Service and Federal Wage System employees receive increases based on other provisions of law, according to the Office of Personnel Management. Decisions on 1998 pay increases for those plans will be made later this year.

By law, General Schedule employees could have received a higher locality adjustment. However, Title 5 of the U.S. Code, which authorizes locality adjustments, also allows the president to present Congress an alternative plan consistent with budget constraints and "economic conditions affecting the general welfare."

Thirty-one metropolitan areas in the United States qualify for locality increases designed to narrow the gap between federal pay and salaries paid by private sector employers in those areas. Two areas, Hartford, Conn., and Orlando, Fla., were added this year.

More information on civilian pay can be found on the Office of Personnel Management's home page at http://www.opm.gov.

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