Representatives Send Bipartisan Letter to OPM Urging Pay Adjustment for GS Employees

March 7, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Scott Taylor, joined by Representatives Bobby Scott (VA-03), Walter Jones (NC-03), and G. K. Butterfield (NC-01), sent a bipartisan letter to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), urging them to establish the Virginia Beach-Norfolk (VA-NC CSA) locality pay area by January 2019.

Since 2015, the Federal Salary Council has recommended to the President's Pay Agent that Virginia Beach-Norfolk be established as a separate locality pay area. However, despite receiving approval from the Pay Agent, OPM has yet to act on the recommendation, leaving this issue unresolved for the approximate 30,500 federal employees who live and work in this locality area.

"The over 30,000 Federal employees in our area serve largely in the defense sector, which means their work product is directly linked to our national security," said Congressman Scott Taylor. "The Federal Salary Council has found cost of living is outpacing their salaries. OPM must fulfill their end of this process to fill the pay gap for our neighbors who are federal employees." 

“The Federal Pay Agent has determined that federal employees in our districts deserve a raise due to the cost of living outpacing regular federal salary increases. Federal employees are the backbone to our economy and are experiencing an unfair pay gap due to lack of action. I hope that the Administration will take immediate action to protect our national security and ensure that these workers receive the pay they deserve," said Congressman Bobby Scott.

“In the last year, federal employees have endured shutdowns and furloughs, attacks on pay, and across the board hiring freezes,” said Congressman G. K. Butterfield.  “These workers are essential to keeping our government running and it is critical that we do more to recruit and retain a 21st century workforce.  That is why I urge OPM to take this critical step toward providing our public servants adequate compensation so that we may maintain an efficient and effective federal government.”

Read the letter here.

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