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Pay-Related Legislative Changes in the National Defense Authorization Act, FY 2016

This is to inform you of four legislative extensions affecting Federal employee pay and certain benefits.  The changes resulting from the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 (Public Law 114-92, November 25, 2015) are summarized below. 

Section 611 – Reserve Income Replacement Program 

Emergency Leave Transfer for Federal Employees Adversely Affected by Hurricane Maria

In the event of a major disaster or emergency as declared by the President that results in severe adverse effects for a substantial number of Federal employees, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), in consultation with the U.S.

Executive Order – Excepting Administrative Law Judges from the Competitive Service

On July 10, 2018, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) entitled “Excepting Administrative Law Judges from the Competitive Service.”  The EO places the position of administrative law judge (ALJ) in the excepted service and directs the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to pursue any necessary revisions to its regulations swiftly. 

Executive Order for 2019 Pay Schedules

The President has signed an Executive order containing the 2019 pay schedules for certain Federal civilian employees.  (See Attachment.)  The Executive order provides that the 2019 pay rates for civilian employee pay schedules covered by the order remain at 2018 levels.  This is consistent with the President’s alternative pay plan issued under 5 U.S.C.

Human Resources Flexibilities and Procedures for Hurricane Season

As the United States prepares to respond to Hurricane Dorian, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) would like to remind agencies of the wide range of human resources (HR) flexibilities and procedures currently available to assist Federal employees affected by emergency situations. 

Notification of CDC Travel Alert Regarding Zika Virus

This year, the World Health Organization declared a "public health emergency of international concern"related to the Zika virus outbreak in Latin America.

January 2017 Pay Adjustments

The President has signed an Executive order to implement the January 2017 pay adjustments.  (See Attachment 1.)  The Executive order authorizes a 1 percent across-the-board increase for statutory pay systems and locality pay increases costing approximately 1.1 percent of basic payroll, reflecting an overall average pay increase of 2.1 percent.  This is co

Special Solicitation for Victims of Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey

The previous authority granted to heads of Executive Departments and Agencies to allow a special solicitation of Federal employees at the workplace for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma victims is hereby extended to include areas that have been damaged by Hurricane Maria.  As a reminder,

2018 Combined Federal Campaign

Through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), members of the Federal family demonstrate that our commitment to public service extends far beyond the workplace. Last year, Federal employees voluntarily participating in the CFC contributed more than $104 million to thousands of local, national and international causes in both funds and volunteer time.  The people we serve are all the better for it.

Executive Order – Strengthening the Senior Executive Service: Guidance on Qualifications Review Board Submission Methods

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing the attached guidance to agencies on Qualification Review Board (QRB) submission methods, as required by the Executive Order (EO) -"Strengthening the Senior Executive Service," issued on December 15, 2015, (https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/12/15/executive-order-s...). This EO mandates a number of actions over the next three years to improve the management of the Senior Executive Service (SES).

Fiscal Year 2017 Prevailing Rate Pay Adjustments

Division E of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (the fiscal year 2016 Act), contains two provisions that affect the determination of pay adjustments for certain prevailing rate (wage) employees.  The Further Continuing and Security Assistance Appropriations Act, 2017 (the FY 2017 Act), extends into FY 2017 the two provisions of the FY 2016 Act. 

Fact Sheet to All Federal Employees about Preventing Opioid Misuse

The United States is in the midst of an opioid abuse epidemic. More than 2.4 million Americans currently struggle with opioid addiction.  In 2015, more than 33,000 people died from drug overdoses involving opioids and crude data for the first three quarters of 2016 indicate that the drug overdose death rate is still increasing. President Trump recently announced his intention to use all appropriate authorities to respond to the crisis.

Updated Guidance Relating to Enjoinment of Certain Provisions of Executive Orders 13836, 13837, and 13839

On August 24, 2018, U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson issued an Order enjoining certain provisions of Executive Orders 13836, 13837, and 13839 (see Order at https://ecf.dcd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2018cv1261-58).

Pay Freeze for Certain Senior Political Officials during Lapse in Appropriations

Section 738 of division E of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Public Law 115-141), contained a provision that continued the freeze on the payable rates of pay for certain senior political officials. 

Congress has not yet acted as to whether the provision will continue for 2019, but may still do so. 

Relationships with Management Organizations

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s regulations at 5 CFR Part 251 provide a framework for agencies to consult and communicate with management organizations representing Federal employees and with other organizations on matters related to agency operations and personnel management.  The purposes of consultation and communication are: (1) the improvement of agency operations, personnel management, and employee effectiveness; (2) the exchange of information; and (3) the establishment of policies that best serve the public interest in accomplishing the mission of the agency.

Guidance for Assigning New Cybersecurity Codes to Positions with Information Technology, Cybersecurity, and Cyber-Related Functions

I am pleased to share guidance that explains how agencies will institute the updated procedures for assigning codes to Federal cybersecurity positions.  This guidance supports the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) role with implementing the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act.  Additionally, coding and identifying our cybersecurity workforce is important foundational work to better managing these critical positions.

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Emergency Leave Transfer for Federal Employees Adversely Affected by the California Wildfires

In the event of a major disaster or emergency as declared by the President that results in severe adverse effects for a substantial number of Federal employees, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), in consultation with the U.S.

Human Resources Flexibilities and Procedures for Hurricane Season

As the United States prepares to respond to Hurricane Florence (eastern coastline and U.S. territories) and Tropical Storm Olivia (Hawaii), the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) would like to remind agencies of the wide range of human resources (HR) flexibilities and procedures currently available to assist Federal employees affected by these emergency situations.

Weather and Safety Leave

Restoration of Annual Leave for Employees Affected by the Lapse in Appropriations

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has received multiple questions regarding whether properly scheduled “use-or-lose” annual leave that was unable to be used because of the current lapse in appropriations may be restored both to furloughed employees and employees who were excepted from the furlough and thus required to work.

Emergency Leave Transfer for Federal Employees Adversely Affected by Hurricane Dorian

In the event of a major disaster or emergency as declared by the President that results in severe adverse effects for a substantial number of Federal employees, the U.S.

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