President Obama Quietly Passes Pay Increase for Federal Employees

mmmmPresident Obama issued an alternative federal pay plan late Friday, setting an across-the-board increase for civilian federal employees of 1 percent in 2014.

The figure matches the amount the president requested in his fiscal 2014 budget proposal. Obama issued a separate plan providing 1 percent boost in monthly basic pay rates for military service members.

In a letter to House and Senate leaders, Obama wrote, “Civilian federal employees have already made significant sacrifices as a result of a three-year pay freeze. As our country continues to recover from serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare, however, we must maintain efforts to keep our nation on a sustainable fiscal course.”

Under Obama’s plan, locality pay levels would remain at their 2013 levels.

Obama declared that his pay proposal “will not materially affect the federal government’s ability to attract and retain a well-qualified federal workforce.”

The leader of the largest federal labor union praised the proposal, though without much enthusiasm.

“Although the 1 percent is a pitiful amount that doesn’t begin to compensate for the furloughs and three years of frozen pay, it is a welcome development,” said  J. David Cox, president of the American Federation of Government Employees.”

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