Wexton, Connolly question delays in back pay for furloughed feds

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As back pay for work performed during the partial government shutdown lags, Congress is starting to take notice.

Yesterday, Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.), Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) , the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management after reports of delayed back pay and other payroll inconsistencies experienced by furloughed and excepted federal employees.

“Although Congress passed legislation to guarantee back pay for federal workers, we have heard reports of many instances of shorted pay and inconsistent tax deductions that left workers unable to make mortgage or rent payments,” the Members wrote. “They also received paychecks that did not reflect adjustments for missed insurance premiums, Thrift Savings Plan loan repayments, and court-ordered deductions, which have resulted in confusion and additional burdens on federal workers.”

During the shutdown, Connolly introduced H.R. 790, the Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act, which provides federal civilian employees with the same 2.6 percent pay increase in 2019 that members of the military received. Wexton and Cummings are original co-sponsors of the legislation, which passed the House on January 30, 2019.

The letter is available here.