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Rep. Taylor Opposes Administration's Proposal to Freeze Federal Pay

August 31, 2018
Press Release
Contact: Timothy Foster (202) 225-4215

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Administration announced that it would zero out across-the-board pay increases and locality pay increases for federal civilian employees currently set to go into effect the first applicable pay period beginning on or after January 1, 2019.

Representative Taylor said, “The Administration’s announcement to freeze the cost of living adjustment for federal employees and locality pay areas is completely unnecessary and a disappointment for the 30,000 federal employees in the area who are way overdue for a pay increase. Federal employees in the Second Congressional District must be properly paid for the contributions they make to our nation and its defense. I oppose this decision and will lead an effort to reverse its effect.”

In March, Representative Taylor led 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. OPM agreed and published a new rule officially adding four regions to the list of locality pay areas for 2019, including the Virginia Beach area. Earlier this month, Representative Taylor sent a public comment to OPM requesting that the pay area be extended to include the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Under this recent announcement, even if the Virginia Beach-Norfolk locality pay area is officially designated, it would continue to pay the same locality pay rate as currently designated under “Rest of U.S.”

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