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

August 31, 1981

To the Congress of the United States:

Under the Pay Comparability Act of 1970, an adjustment in Federal white collar pay will be required in October, 1981.

That Act requires that calculations be made annually of the adjustments that would be required in Federal statutory pay systems to achieve comparability with private sector pay for the same levels of work. My pay advisers have made those calculations and indicated that an average 15.1 percent increase would be required to achieve comparability as the concept and process were defined in the Pay Comparability Act of 1970.

While I fully support the comparability principle as the best basis for determining Federal pay, I believe that significant changes are required in the way that principle is currently defined and implemented. Therefore, last March we transmitted to the Congress proposed legislation to revise and strengthen the comparability process. At that time, we estimated that the revised process would result in an average increase in Federal pay of 4.8 percent in October, 1981.

The reform proposal has not yet been acted upon in Congress, but in accordance with our economic recovery program, the Congress included in the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981 (P.L. 97 - 35) a provision which limits this October's Federal white collar pay adjustment to the same 4.8 percent. Accordingly, I am submitting to the Congress an alternative plan which would implement that limitation on Federal white collar increases.

Current law provides that the annual increase for the military be the same as the average Federal white collar increase. This year, however, the Congress is expected to provide for a larger military pay increase as a part of the Defense Authorization Act for FY 82. The larger increases proposed under that legislation will supersede the increases that military personnel would otherwise receive under the alternative plan.

Ronald Reagan
The White House,
August 31, 1981.

REPORT ON FEDERAL PAY ADJUSTMENTS FOR OCTOBER, 1982

Because of economic conditions affecting the general welfare, and in accordance with Sec . 1701(a) of Title XVII of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981 (P.L. 97-35) and 5 U.S.C. 5305(c)(1), I hereby transmit to Congress the attached Alternative Plan. The overall percentage of the adjustment in the rates of pay under the General Schedule will be a 4.8 percent increase. The overall percentages of the adjustments in the rates of pay under the other statutory pay systems, the Foreign Service Schedule and the schedules for the Department of Medicine and Surgery of the Veterans' Administration, will also be 4.0 percent increases.

In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 5382(c) the following rates of basic pay for the Senior Executive Service shall become effective on the first day of the first applicable pay period that begins on or after October 1, 1981:

ES-1 ...............................................................$54,755
ES-2 ...............................................................56,936
ES-3 ...............................................................59,119
ES-4 ...............................................................61,300
ES-5 ...............................................................62,950
ES-6 ...............................................................64,600
 

                                ALTERNTIVE PLAN

                    Schedule 1--THE GENERAL SCHEDULE

                      1               2             3             4                5
GS-1           $8,342       $8,620     $8,898     $9,175         $9,453
GS-2            9,381          9,603      9,913     10,178         10,292
GS-3           10,235       10,576     10,917     11,258         11,599
GS-4           11,490       11,873     12,256     12,639         13,022
GS-5           12,854       13,282     13,710     14,138         14,566
GS-6           14,328       14,806     15,284     15,762         16,240
GS-7           15,922       16,453     16,984     17,515         18,046
GS-8           17,634       18,222     18,810     19,398         19,986
GS-9           19,477       20,126     20,775     21,424         22,073
GS-10         21,449       22,164     22,879     23,594         24,309
GS-11         23,566       24,352     25,138     25,924         26,710
GS-12         28,245       29,187     30,129     31,071         32,013
GS-13         33,586       34,706     35,826     36,946         38,066
GS-14         39,689       41,012     42,335     43,658         44,981
GS-15         46,685       48,241     49,797     51,353         52,909
GS-16         54,755       56,580     58,405     60,230         62,055
GS-17         64,142       66,280     68,418     70,556         72,694
GS-18         75,177..............................................................     

                      6                7              8             9               10
GS-1           $9,615       $9,890    $10,165    $10,178      $10,439
GS-2           10,595       10,898    11,201        11,504       11,807
GS-3           11,940       12,281    12,622        12,963      13,304
GS-4           13,405       13,788    14,171        14,554      14,937
GS-5           14,994       15,422    15,850        16,278      16,706
GS-6           16,718       17,196    17,674        18,152      18,630
GS-7           18,577       19,108    19,639        20,170      20,701
GS-8           20,574       21,162    21,750        22,338      22,926
GS-9           22,722       23,371    24,020        24,669      25,318
GS-10         25,024       25,739    26,454        27,169      27,884
GS-11         27,496       28,282    29,068        29,854      30,640
GS-12         32,955       33,897    34,839        35,781      36,723
GS-13         39,186       40,306    41,426        42,546      43,666
GS-14         46,304       47,627    48,950        50,273      51,596
GS-15         54,465       56,021    57,577        59,133      60,689
GS-16         63,880       65,705    67,530        69,355 ...............  
GS-17         ..........................................................................
GS-18         ..........................................................................

NOTE: Notwithstanding the salary rates shown, the maximum rate of basic pay legally payable to employees under this schedule may not exceed the rate payable for level V of the Executive Schedule, currently $50,112.50.

                        Schedule 2 - THE FOREIGN SERVICE SCHEDULE

                           1              2              3             4               5            6             7
Class 1          $46,685    $48,086    $49,528     $51,014     $52,544   $54,121   $55,744
Class 2           37,829      38,964      40,133       41,337      42,577    43,854     45,170
Class 3           30,653      31,573      32,520       33,495      34,500    35,535     36,601
Class 4           24,838      25,583      26,351       27,141      27,955    28,794     29,658
Class 5           20,126      20,730      21,352       21,992      22,652    23,332     24,031
Class 6           17,992      18,532      19,088       19,660      20,250    20,858     21,483
Class 7           16,084      16,567      17,064       17,575      18,103    18,646     19,205
Class 8           14,379      14,810      15,255       15,712      16,184    16,669     17,169
Class 9           12,854      13,240      13,637       14,046      14,467    14,901     15,348


                           8             9              10            11            12           13            14
Class 1         $57,417    $59,139      $60,689    $60,689    $60,689    $60,689   $60,689
Class 2          46,525      47,921        49,358      50,839      52,364    53,935      55,553
Class 3          37,699      38,830        39,995      41,195      42,431    43,704      45,015
Class 4          30,548      31,464        32,408      33,380      34,382    35,413      36,475
Class 5          24,752      25,495        26,260      27,048      27,859    28,695      29,556
Class 6          22,128      22,792        23,475      24,180      24,905    25,652      26,422
Class 7          19,781      20,375        20,986      21,616      22,264    22,932      23,620
Class 8          17,684      18,215        18,761      19,324      19,904    20,501      21,116
Class 9          15,809      16,283        16,772      17,275      17,793    18,327      18,877

NOTE: Notwithstanding the salary rates shown, the maximum rate of basic pay legally payable to employees under this schedule may not exceed the rate payable for level V of the Executive Schedule, currently $50,112.50.

Schedule 3--DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY SCHEDULES, VETERANS' ADMINISTRATION

 

                                                                 Minimum     Maximum
Sec. 4103 schedule:
    Chief Medical Director                                        (1)    2 $84,304
    Deputy Chief Medical Director                             (1)    3 80,871
    Associate Deputy Chief Medical Director              (1)    4 77,460
    Assistant Chief Medical Director                          (1)    4 75,177
    Medical Director                                       4 $64,142    4  72,694
    Director of Nursing Service                          4 64,142     4 72,694
    Director of Podiatric Service                        4 54,755     4 69,355
    Director of Chaplain Service                        4 54,755     4 69,355
    Director of Pharmacy Service                      4 54,755     4 69,355
    Director of Dietetic Service                          4 54,755    4 69,355
    Director of Optometric Service                     4 54,755    4 69,355
Physician and dentist schedule:
    Director grade                                            4 54,755    4 69,355
    Executive grade                                         4 50,559    4 65,724
    Chief grade                                                  46,685    4 60,689
    Senior grade                                                39,689    4 51,596
    Intermediate grade                                       33,586       43,666
    Full grade                                                    28,245      36,723
    Associate grade                                           23,566      30,640
Nurse schedule:
    Director grade                                              46,685    4 60,689
    Assistant Director grade                               39,689    4 51,596
    Chief grade                                                  33,586    43,666
    Senior grade                                                28,245    36,723
    Intermediate grade                                       23,566    30,640
    Full grade                                                    19,477    25,318
    Associate grade                                           16,761    21,792
    Junior grade                                                 14,328    18,630
Clinical podiatrist and optometrist schedule:
    Chief grade                                                   46,685    4 60,689
    Senior grade                                                 39,689    4 51,596
    Intermediate grade                                         33,586    43,666
    Full grade                                                      28,245    36,723
    Associate grade                                             23,566    30,640

 

1Single Rate
2Notwithstanding the rate shown, the maximum rate payable at this level may not exceed the rate payable for level III of the Executive Schedule, currently $55, 387.50.
3Notwithstanding the rate shown, the maximum rate payable at this level may not exceed the rate payable for level IV of the Executive Schedule, currently $52,750.
4Notwithstanding the rate shown, the maximum rate payable at this level may not exceed the rate payable for level V of the Executive Schedule, currently $50,112.50.