Federal employees “across the board” will feel the effects of President Donald Trump’s announcement this week.
Blaming his decision on budgetary constraints, the president told lawmakers on Capitol Hill that he would be canceling planned pay raises that would have otherwise gone into effect in January.
“I have determined that for 2019, both across‑the‑board pay increases and locality pay increases will be set at zero,” Trump decreed. “These alternative pay plan decisions will not materially affect our ability to attract and retain a well‑qualified Federal workforce.”
Trump’s letter cited tens of billions in related costs in concluding that “Federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases.”
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