Five Things Federal Employees Need to Know About the Spending Deal

After a brief government shutdown, the president signed into law a bipartisan budget deal for the remainder of this fiscal year and 2019.

Here are five things federal employees need to know about the bill:

  1. The measure does not target federal employee compensation or benefits as a way to offset the increase in spending.

  2. For both fiscal years 2018 and 2019, the bill would provide relief from sequestration by raising the overall spending caps for defense and non-defense programs. The union supported increasing caps on non-defense spending to allow more funding for NTEU-represented agencies.  

  3. Another NTEU-supported provision provides $4 billion to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

  4. While the bill does not include any additional funding for the IRS, Senate leaders have made a commitment to working with the appropriations committees to provide increased funding for the agency.

  5. The agreement provides short-term funding to federal agencies through March 23, allowing appropriators to work on final funding bills for the remainder of this fiscal year.