It may take several months for members of the Senior Executive Service to benefit from increased pay rates authorized by Congress last fall.
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Details about the Homeland Security Department’s new personnel system are forthcoming, officials say.
President Bush issued an executive order on Dec. 30 formally implementing a 2 percent civil service pay raise in 2004, but Congress is poised to grant a significantly higher increase in the pending fiscal 2004 omnibus budget bill.
The things Congress didn’t do for federal employees in 2003.
High-ranking General Schedule employees who work overtime have won a long battle to increase their compensation, thanks to a provision in the 2004 Defense Authorization Act.