Members of the GAO Employees Organization have approved the across-the-board (ATB) pay agreement reached by the organization’s bargaining team with GAO management earlier this month (see the agreement here). In addition to the pay increase and the accompanying increase in the pay ranges, the agreement includes terms for the increases APSS, CA, and Analyst employees receive when promoted and outlines the process by which we will be informed of methodological details of GAO’s planned compensation study. The agreement also includes a framework for negotiations on the PBC amounts that will be provided to employees in 2016, based on 2015 ratings; the new PBC pay mechanism; the timing of future PBC negotiations; the process for annual ATB increases in future years; and other structural elements of the compensation system, including employee salary ranges and GAO’s geographic zones. The agreement was ratified by dues-paying members of both the Analyst and APSS units. GAO will provide the ATB to eligible bargaining unit employees in Pay Period 7, so we can expect to see the increase in the paycheck we receive the week of April 25th. As the ATB is retroactive to Pay Period 1, that paycheck will also include the retroactive amount due for Pay Periods 1 through 6 (January 10 through April 2, 2016). We will keep you posted on the progress of the 2016 PBC pay negotiations.
Consider Paper Form for Filing Financial Independence
GAO has announced that most GAO analysts and many APSS employees will need to file a financial disclosure report—either GAO Form 310 or the Senate Public Financial Disclosure Report—by May 16th. Please be aware that you can still use the paper forms, rather than the electronic systems, to report your information if you wish. After hearing of issues with the electronic reporting systems, such as electronic forms being routed to the wrong reviewer and critical information provided by filers not being visible to the reviewer, the GAO Employees Organization did not agree to require that all employees use the electronic systems. Employees in the bargaining unit can still use the paper forms. (The Senate requires all individuals who file the Senate form to register in the electronic system regardless of whether they submit their report on paper or through the system.) Considering the sensitivity of the information you are required to disclose, the GAO Employees Organization wants you to know that it is your preference as to whether you file using the paper forms available or the electronic system. The GAO Notice includes more information and links to paper forms.