Message to the Congress Transmitting an Alternative Plan for Federal Pay Increases

 

August 28, 1986

 

To the Congress of the United States:

 

Under the Federal Pay Comparability Act of 1970, the President is required to make a decision each year on what, if any, pay adjustment should be provided for Federal employees under the General Schedule and the related statutory pay systems.

 

My pay advisors have reported to me that an increase in pay rates averaging 23.79 percent, to be effective in October 1986, would be required under existing procedures to raise Federal pay rates to comparability with private sector pay rates for the same levels of work. However, the law also empowers me to prepare and transmit to the Congress an alternative plan for the pay adjustment if I consider such an alternative plan appropriate because of ``national emergency or economic conditions affecting the general welfare.'' Furthermore, section 15201(a) of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, Public Law 99 - 272, requires that, in adjusting rates of pay under the Comparability Act, I achieve savings of at least $746 million in fiscal year 1987 compared to the ``baseline'' the Congress has used in its budget process. Section 15201(a) also requires that the effective date of the pay adjustment be delayed until January 1987.

 

Accordingly, after reviewing the reports of my Pay Agent and the Advisory Committee on Federal Pay, after considering the adverse effect that a 23.79 percent increase in Federal pay rates might have on our national economy, and in order to implement the requirements of the Reconciliation Act, I have determined that economic conditions affecting the general welfare require the following alternative plan for this pay adjustment:

 

  In accordance with section 5305(c)(1) of title 5, United States Code, the pay rates of the General Schedule and the related statutory pay schedules shall be increased by an overall percentage of 2 percent for each schedule, with such increase to become effective on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning on or after January 1, 1987.

 

Accompanying this report and made a part hereof are the pay schedules that will result from this alternative plan, including, as required by section 5382(c) of title 5, United States Code, the rates of basic pay for the Senior Executive Service.

 

Ronald Reagan

 

The White House,

 

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Schedule 1 -- general schedule

 

To be effective the first pay period in January 1987

@h1

@h11

@h12

@h13

@h14

@h15

 

GS - 1 .... $9,526 .... $9,843 .... $10,160 .... $10,476 .... $10,794

 

GS - 2 .... 10,711 .... 10,965 .... 11,319 .... 11,621 .... 11,752

 

GS - 3 .... 11,687 .... 12,077 .... 12,467 .... 12,857 .... 13,247

 

GS - 4 .... 13,119 .... 13,556 .... 13,993 .... 14,430 .... 14,867

 

GS - 5 .... 14,678 .... 15,167 .... 15,656 .... 16,145 .... 16,634

 

GS - 6 .... 16,360 .... 16,905 .... 17,450 .... 17,995 .... 18,540

 

GS - 7 .... 18,180 .... 18,786 .... 19,392 .... 19,998 .... 20,604

 

GS - 8 .... 20,135 .... 20,806 .... 21,477 .... 22,148 .... 22,819

 

GS - 9 .... 22,240 .... 22,981 .... 23,722 .... 24,463 .... 25,204

 

GS - 10 .... 24,492 .... 25,308 .... 26,124 .... 26,940 .... 27,756

 

GS - 11 .... 26,909 .... 27,806 .... 28,703 .... 29,600 .... 30,497

 

GS - 12 .... 32,251 .... 33,326 .... 34,401 .... 35,476 .... 36,551

 

GS - 13 .... 38,351 .... 39,629 .... 40,907 .... 42,185 .... 43,463

 

GS - 14 .... 45,319 .... 46,830 .... 48,341 .... 49,852 .... 51,363

 

GS - 15 .... 53,308 .... 55,085 .... 56,862 .... 58,639 .... 60,416

 

GS - 16 .... 62,522 .... 64,606 .... 66,690 .... 68,774 .... *70,858

 

GS - 17 .... *73,240 .... *75,681 .... *78,122 .... *80,563 .... *83,004

 

GS - 18 .... *85,840 ....  ....  ....  ....

 

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@h1

@h16

@h17

@h18

@h19

@h110

 

GS - 1 .... $10,979 .... $11,292 .... $11,608 .... $11,621 .... $11,919

 

GS - 2 .... 12,098 .... 12,444 .... 12,790 .... 13,136 .... 13,482

 

GS - 3 .... 13,637 .... 14,027 .... 14,417 .... 14,807 .... 15,197

 

GS - 4 .... 15,304 .... 15,741 .... 16,178 .... 16,615 .... 17,052

 

GS - 5 .... 17,123 .... 17,612 .... 18,101 .... 18,590 .... 19,079

 

GS - 6 .... 19,085 .... 19,630 .... 20,175 .... 20,720 .... 21,265

 

GS - 7 .... 21,210 .... 21,816 .... 22,422 .... 23,028 .... 23,634

 

GS - 8 .... 23,490 .... 24,161 .... 24,832 .... 25,503 .... 26,174

 

GS - 9 .... 25,945 .... 26,686 .... 27,427 .... 28,168 .... 28,909

 

GS - 10 .... 28,572 .... 29,388 .... 30,204 .... 31,020 .... 31,836

 

GS - 11 .... 31,394 .... 32,291 .... 33,188 .... 34,085 .... 34,982

 

GS - 12 .... 37,626 .... 38,701 .... 39,776 .... 40,851 .... 41,926

 

GS - 13 .... 44,741 .... 46,019 .... 47,297 .... 48,575 .... 49,853

 

GS - 14 .... 52,874 .... 54,385 .... 55,896 .... 57,407 .... 58,918

 

GS - 15 .... 62,193 .... 63,970 .... 65,747 .... 67,524 .... 69,301

 

GS - 16 .... *72,942 .... *75,026 .... *77,110 .... *79,194 ....

 

GS - 17 ....  ....  ....  ....  ....

 

GS - 18 ....  ....  ....  ....  ....

 

Footnote: *The rate of basic pay payable to employees at these rates is limited to the rate payable for level V of the Executive Schedule, which would be $70,100.

 

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Schedule 2 -- foreign service schedule

 

To be effective the first pay period in January 1987

@h1Step

@h1Class 1

@h1Class 2

@h1Class 3

@h1Class 4

 

1 .... $53,308 .... $43,195 .... $35,001 .... $28,361

 

2 .... 54,907 .... 44,491 .... 36,051 .... 29,212

 

3 .... 56,554 .... 45,826 .... 37,133 .... 30,088

 

4 .... 58,251 .... 47,200 .... 38,247 .... 30,991

 

5 .... 59,999 .... 48,616 .... 39,394 .... 31,921

 

6 .... 61,799 .... 50,075 .... 40,576 .... 32,878

 

7 .... 63,653 .... 51,577 .... 41,793 .... 33,865

 

8 .... 65,562 .... 53,124 .... 43,047 .... 34,880

 

9 .... 67,529 .... 54,718 .... 44,338 .... 35,927

 

10 .... 69,301 .... 56,360 .... 45,668 .... 37,005

 

11 .... 69,301 .... 58,050 .... 47,038 .... 38,115

 

12 .... 69,301 .... 59,792 .... 48,450 .... 39,258

 

13 .... 69,301 .... 61,586 .... 49,903 .... 40,436

 

14 .... 69,301 .... 63,433 .... 51,400 .... 41,649

 

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@h1

@h1Class 5

@h1Class 6

@h1Class 7

@h1Class 8

@h1Class 9

 

1 .... $22,981 .... $20,544 .... $18,366 .... $16,419 .... $14,678

 

2 .... 23,670 .... 21,160 .... 18,917 .... 16,912 .... 15,118

 

3 .... 24,381 .... 21,795 .... 19,484 .... 17,419 .... 15,572

 

4 .... 25,112 .... 22,449 .... 20,069 .... 17,941 .... 16,039

 

5 .... 25,865 .... 23,122 .... 20,671 .... 18,480 .... 16,520

 

6 .... 26,641 .... 23,816 .... 21,291 .... 19,034 .... 17,016

 

7 .... 27,441 .... 24,531 .... 21,930 .... 19,605 .... 17,526

 

8 .... 28,264 .... 25,267 .... 22,588 .... 20,193 .... 18,052

 

9 .... 29,112 .... 26,025 .... 23,265 .... 20,799 .... 18,594

 

10 .... 29,985 .... 26,805 .... 23,963 .... 21,423 .... 19,151

 

11 .... 30,885 .... 27,609 .... 24,682 .... 22,066 .... 19,726

 

12 .... 31,811 .... 28,438 .... 25,423 .... 22,728 .... 20,318

 

13 .... 32,765 .... 29,291 .... 26,186 .... 23,410 .... 20,927

 

14 .... 33,748 .... 30,170 .... 26,971 .... 24,112 .... 21,555

 

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Schedule 3 -- department of medicine and surgery schedules, veterans' administration

 

To be effective the first pay period in January 1987

@h1

@h1Minimum

@h1Maximum

 

Section 4103 schedule:

 

Chief Medical Director ....  .... ***$96,262

 

Deputy Chief Medical Director ....  .... **92,343

 

Associate Deputy Chief Medical Director ....  .... *88,447

 

Assistant Chief Medical Director ....  .... *85,840

 

Medical Director .... *$73,240 .... *83,004

 

Director of Nursing Service .... *73,240 .... *83,004

 

Director of Podiatric Service .... 62,522 .... *79,194

 

Director of Chaplain Service .... 62,522 .... *79,194

 

Director of Pharmacy Service .... 62,522 .... *79,194

 

Director of Dietetic Service .... 62,522 .... *79,194

 

Director of Optometric Service .... 62,522 .... *79,194

 

Physician and dentist schedule:

 

Director grade .... 62,522 .... *79,194

 

Executive grade .... 57,731 .... *75,047

 

Chief grade .... 53,308 .... 69,301

 

Senior grade .... 45,319 .... 58,918

 

Intermediate grade .... 38,351 .... 49,853

 

Full grade .... 32,251 .... 41,926

 

Associate grade .... 26,909 .... 34,982

 

Clinical podiatrist and optometrist schedule:

 

Chief grade .... 53,308 .... 69,301

 

Senior grade .... 45,319 .... 58,918

 

Intermediate grade .... 38,351 .... 49,853

 

Full grade .... 32,251 .... 41,926

 

Associate grade .... 26,909 .... 34,982

 

Nurse schedule:

 

Director grade .... 53,308 .... 69,301

 

Assistant Director grade .... 45,319 .... 58,918

 

Chief grade .... 38,351 .... 49,853

 

Senior grade .... 32,251 .... 41,926

 

Intermediate grade .... 26,909 .... 34,982

 

Full grade .... 22,240 .... 28,909

 

Associate grade .... 19,138 .... 24,880

 

Junior grade .... 16,360 .... 21,265

 

Footnote: ***The rate of basic pay is limited to the rate payable for level III of the Executive Schedule, which would be $75,100.

 

Footnote: **The rate of basic pay is limited to the rate payable for level IV of the Executive Schedule, which would be $73,700.

 

Footnote: *The rate of basic pay is limited to the rate payable for level V of the Executive Schedule, which would be $70,100.

 

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Schedule 4 -- senior executive service

 

To be effective the first pay period in January 1987

@h1

@h1

 

ES - 1 .... $62,522

 

ES - 2 .... 65,048

 

ES - 3 .... 67,574

 

ES - 4 .... 70,100

 

ES - 5 .... 71,900

 

ES - 6 .... 73,700

 

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Schedule 5 -- executive schedule

 

To be effective the first pay period in January 1987

@h1

@h1

 

Level I .... $87,900

 

Level II .... 76,600

 

Level III .... 75,100

 

Level IV .... 73,700

 

Level V .... 70,100

 

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Schedule 6 -- vice president and members of congress

 

To be effective the first pay period in January 1987

@h1

@h1

 

Vice President .... $99,900

 

Senators .... 76,600

 

Members of the House of Representatives .... 76,600

 

Delegates to the House of Representatives .... 76,600

 

Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico .... 76,600

 

President pro tempore of the Senate .... 86,700

 

Majority leader and minority leader of the Senate .... 86,700

 

Majority leader and minority leader of the House of Representatives .... 86,700

 

Speaker of the House of Representatives .... 99,900

 

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Schedule 7 -- judicial salaries

 

To be effective the first pay period in January 1987

@h1

@h1

 

Chief Justice of the United States .... *$108,400

 

Associate Justices of the Supreme Court .... *104,100

 

Circuit Judges .... *83,200

 

District Judges .... *78,700

 

Judges of the Court of International Trade .... *78,700

 

Judges of the United States Claims Court .... 71,600

 

Bankruptcy Judges .... 69,800

 

Footnote: *Under section 140 of Public Law 97 - 92, (95 Stat. 1200), salaries for Federal judges and Justices of the Supreme Court would not be increased.

 

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