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13 New Cities to Receive Locality Pay in 2016

Approximately 102,000 federal employees in the General Schedule in 13 cities will receive locality pay bumps in 2016.

The news was first shared in a blog post by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), following a meeting with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Deputy Director for Management Beth Cobert who made assurances that the locality pay zones would finally go into effect in January 2016.

Issuance of a proposed rule in the Federal Register this week brought the locality pay adjustments closer to reality.

The President’s Pay Agent, which advises the president on compensation issues for the workforce, recommended adding the new cities in January 2014 based on Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data that showed a discrepancy between federal and non-federal employees, but the Administration had failed to act.

The 13 cities are: Albany, NY; Albuquerque, NM; Austin, TX; Charlotte, NC; Colorado Springs, CO; Davenport, IA; Harrisburg, PA; Kansas City, MO; Laredo, TX; Las Vegas, NV; Palm Bay, FL; St. Louis, MO; and Tucson, AZ.

Employees in these areas will learn the new locality pay rates after they are set by the President following issuance of regulations.

Those seeking to submit comments on the proposed rule must submit them by July 1, 2015.

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