On May 18, the agency announced it was implementing a 1.0 percent PBC budget factor for non-bargaining unit staff – a PBC level that is unusually low and that would harm GAO employees by causing salaries to fall further behind those of other federal and private-sector workers. We maintain – and have heard from many of you – that employees deserve greater recognition than this given the quality of work employees continue to produce, the increase in the agency’s appropriation for this fiscal year, and the 2.0-2.2 percent range that the PBC budget factor has been in the last three years.
We know these negotiations may seem protracted. We will continue to provide updates as there are new developments. As a reminder, once the PBC budget factor percentage is finalized it will be retroactive to the first pay period of 2016. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns at email@example.com.
Colleagues have reminded us that the GAO Employee Feedback survey does not offer the opportunity to provide feedback on certain areas that are important to employees, such as on the timing of PBC and the annual pay adjustment negotiations, the amount of pay raises, the compensation system, and the availability of expanded telework for our colleagues at GAO HQ. The GAO Employees Organization provided input on these concerns for the Agency’s consideration prior to this year’s Employee Feedback survey being launched. While no changes were made to the survey as a result of this employee input, we encourage you to continue the dialogue and use the GAO Employee Feedback survey to share any thoughts or concerns you may have about matters that are important to you.
The elected representatives and volunteers of the GAO Employees Organization, IFPTE Local 1921