H. R. 1051
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 7, 2019
Ms. Sewell of Alabama (for herself, Mr. Ruppersberger, Ms. Moore, and Mr. Raskin) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform
To amend section 1341 of title 31, United States Code, to require payment of interest on back pay for employees affected by a lapse in appropriations.
This Act may be cited as the
Back Pay Fairness Act of 2019.
Interest on back pay for employees affected by a lapse in appropriations
Section 1341(c) of title 31, United States Code, is amended—
by redesignating paragraph (3) as paragraph (4); and
by inserting after paragraph (2) the following:
If a payment under paragraph (2) to an employee furloughed as a result of a covered lapse in appropriations or to an excepted employee is made after the regularly scheduled pay date for such payment in the absence of a lapse in appropriations, the payment shall include an interest payment prorated daily which shall accrue from such regularly scheduled pay date.
An interest payment under subparagraph (A)—
shall be computed at the rate of interest established by the Secretary of the Treasury under section 3902 that is in effect on the first day of the covered lapse in appropriations; and
shall be in addition to any other remedy available under any other law, rule, or regulation.
The amendments made by this section shall apply with respect to any covered lapse in appropriations (as defined in section 1341(c) of title 31, United States Code) that begins before, on, or after the date of enactment of this Act.