Federal Employees are slated to receive a 1-1.3% raise effective January 1, 2016. On August 28, 2015, President Obama issued a letter calling for a 1% across the board raise for federal employees. Combined with the scheduled increase to locality adjustment rates, some employees will get a combined raise of 1.3%.
The largest pay increases will be for those who live in one of the 13 new locality areas. Employees in these areas will see their locality adjustment go up several percentage points on top of the regular 1% increase. The new locality rates have not ben released yet. These 13 localities have been identified as being underpaid for years.
We will publish the official 2016 GS pay rates as they become available.