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H.R. 1051 (116th): Back Pay Fairness Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 7, 2019 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.



1st Session

H. R. 1051


February 7, 2019

(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.


Short title

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


In general

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.