Merry Christmas

Federal News Radio reports that on Friday “The president signed a memo authorizing an average raise of 1.4 percent, with an additional 0.5 percent adjusted in locality pay for a total of a 1.9 percent for federal civilian employees, and the 2.4 percent pay raise for uniformed service members.”  The Washington Post adds

The Washington-Baltimore area is to receive the largest of the raises, 2.29 percent. The sprawling “locality” encompasses not only the two cities but also much of Maryland and Northern Virginia, and it reaches into West Virginia and south-central Pennsylvania.  Raises are to be effective with the first full pay period of the new year, which in most cases begins Jan. 7.

FEHBP Open Season changes for federal annuitants take effect on January 1 and at the start of the first full pay period of the new year which the Post tells us is January 7.

Here’s a link to the Week in Congress’s report on last week’s actions on Capitol Hill.  Congress is out of town until January 8.