After Government Shutdown, TSA Employees Still Owed Back Pay

Mar 3, 2019

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More than a month after the end of the US government shutdown, about 1,000 TSA employees are still waiting to receive pay owed to them, according to a CNN report.

In what David Pekoske, the TSA Administrator,  said was a move to “alleviate some of the financial hardship” the decision was made to issue a partial payment to employees during the shutdown. This seems to have caused the current issue.

According to CNN’s unnamed source at the TSA, the issues are related to pay period 26. The partial payment has caused problems with issuing the corrected pay amounts for the pay period.

Michael Bilello, the assistant administrator for public affairs at TSA, issued a statement to CNN via email about the current problem. “To help support our employee’s during the 35 days of the lapse in funding, TSA processed partial payments to its frontline employees. Coincidentally, the payment was processed on the very same day the partial shutdown ended. Of the 60,000 employees, unfortunately, 2% have experienced pay discrepancies. This partial payment was complicated by a payroll process that goes from TSA to the National Finance Center (NFC). TSA leadership assumed this risk and made the best decision given the circumstances and information at the time. TSA has contacted employees with known issues to ensure they are resolved.”

According to CNN’s source the problem must now be corrected manually, requiring staff to review and match each employee’s partial pay with what they should have been issued. The labor involved in the manual process seems to be what is causing the delay in payments.

H/T: CNN

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