2017 Pay Raise Silently Advances, But House Bill Would Block Some Bonuses

2017 Pay Raise Silently Advances, But House Bill Would Block Some Bonuses
(FedSmith, 7/10)


“Late last week, the House of Representatives passed the 2017 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act (H.R. 5485). Of immediate interest to many readers is that by not referencing a federal employee pay raise in 2017, a pay raise for next year remains on track. […] Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ)  introduced an amendment to block bonuses for senior career appointees and other federal agencies that receive funding through H.R. 5485.

Gosar issued a press release last week entitled “House Passes Gosar Amendment Blocking Bonuses for IRS and Other Federal Bureaucrats” regarding his rationale for introducing the amendment to HR 5485. He is quoted as follows: ‘It is unconscionable that Lois Lerner and other dishonest senior officials within the IRS have received more than $100,000 in bonuses in recent years. Committing perjury, purposely disposing of hard drives and more than 24,000 emails in order to stymie an investigation, while providing an extremely poor level of service to taxpayers doesn’t warrant a single penny in bonus compensation. Giving out bonuses to senior management in the middle of one of the largest and most significant scandals in modern American history is a slap in the face to the American public. Once the IRS can prove that it will hold rogue employees accountable for their ineptitude, I will cease my efforts to prohibit these awards.’”

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Jeff Small