We are pleased to announce that the GAO Employees Organization and GAO management have tentatively reached an agreement that provides an across-the-board increase for 2016. The tentative agreement also includes terms for the increases APSS, CA, and Analyst employees receive when promoted and outlines the process by which we can be informed of the methodological details related to GAO’s planned compensation study. In addition, after considerable discussion with management, we were able to secure agreement on a framework for negotiations on the PBC amounts that will be provided to employees in 2016 for the 2015 rating cycle, the new PBC Pay Mechanism, the timing of future PBC negotiations, the process for annual across-the-board increases in future years, and other structural elements of the compensation system, including employee salary ranges and GAO’s geographic zones. The Analyst Assembly unanimously recommended the agreement for ratification by the membership of the GAO Employees Organization.
The across-the-board increase and adjustment to salary ranges for 2016 will be the same as the increase other federal employees received for 2016 by GS locality, and will be retroactive to the first pay period in 2016. The increase will be implemented by GAO management as soon as feasible after ratification. Negotiations on the PBC budget factor and SAF/TPI allocation will continue this month.
We will be providing additional information to dues-paying members of the GAO Employees Organization, who will vote shortly on whether to ratify the agreement. To vote on this agreement, you must be a member of the GAO Employees Organization as of 11:00 pm Eastern, Monday, March 7, 2016; membership applications and dues withholding forms are available at gaoemployees.org.
Transit Benefit Subsidy Increase Coming Soon
We have received numerous questions about GAO management’s plans regarding the increase in the ceiling for the transit benefit subsidy that was provided for in the Omnibus appropriation that funded the government for FY 2016. Employees have commented that a number of federal agencies have already implemented the increased subsidy. After a number of inquiries, GAO management informed us they will implement the increase in the ceiling for the transit subsidy from $130 to $255. And, after ensuing negotiations, the increased subsidy will be retroactive to January 2016. The GAO Employees Organization is working with management on the application process for eligible employees to receive the increased transit benefit, including any retroactive amount, as soon as possible.
Additional Updates – Provided as They Happen
We will provide further details on the across-the-board increase, such as the anticipated timing for it to be processed by NFC, as soon as we can. Likewise, we will share more information on the process for applying for the increase in the ceiling for the transit benefit subsidy. Thank you very much for your patience and support.