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By Phil Piemonte

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Another pay freeze

Feds took another pay hit this week — or next year, rather — when the Obama administration released its decision not to increase locality pay rates for 2012.

In other words, it's a locality pay freeze.

The administration, in the form of the president’s Pay Agent, rejected an increase in light of the two-year civilian pay freeze and “the continuing economic emergency affecting the general welfare.”

And the general welfare isn’t doing so well. A couple of days earlier, on May 13, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its Consumer Price Index summary for April. According to that report, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, also known as the CPI-U, increased 0.4 percent in April on a seasonally adjusted basis.

As the bureau's summary also notes: “The 12-month increases of major indexes continue to climb. The all items index rose 3.2 percent for the 12 months ending April 2011, the highest figure since October 2008. The energy index has now risen 19.0 percent over the last 12 months, with the gasoline index up 33.1 percent.”

Although the news continues to be grim on the federal pay front, feds do enjoy one advantage over private-sector workers when it comes to pay increases (or none): The news comes well in advance compared to those in the private sector, who usually have far less time to plan for frozen or lower wages.

Cold comfort, but true.

Posted by Phil Piemonte on May 17, 2011 at 12:13 PM


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Fri, Jan 6, 2012

I know everyone calls for Congress to take cuts in pay and benefits to feel our pain, but the reality is this is just loose change to them anyway. They ALL get rich off of special favors through using insider knowledge in stock trading, being allowed to purchase IPO stock before the trading public, etc. Congress members make millions in all of ther perks before they finally leave. The $180k or whatever it is they recieve is irrelevant to them. All decisions they make are to protect the special perks they recieve. They have many layers of protection and yet someone like Martha Stewart goes to prison for doing similar actions. I have no respect whatsoever for Obama, didn't vote for him last time, and won't this time either.

Tue, Aug 9, 2011

I am a Federal employee and I make 27,000 a year. It takes an hour pay every day just for my gas to and from work. If I did get a pay increase, it would only be an additional 600.00 a year or so. I guess if the Government and Tax payers think I need to have yet another 3 years of suffering so be it I am only one vote and I know a few who will not be getting a vote from me.

Wed, Jun 15, 2011

All one has to do is go to ANY of the hundreds no, thousands of defense contractors websites to see how much money is being awarded in contracts. Try L3 for example ( airport scanners, laser targets etc. ) or Harris the maker of radios and electronics, Drash tent systems etc.. the list goes on. The lawmakers have no money to pay us but spend billions of dollars for the newest toys for the military, I gues that justifies the kickbacks to thier PAC's.

Tue, Jun 14, 2011 L J Atlanta, GA

I'M SICK OF THE CUTS. OBAMA IS GIVING US A DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS. CAN'T WAIT FOR ELECTION DAY. EVERY SINGLE INCUMBENT NEEDS TO BE VOTED OUT!!! REGARDLESS OF PARTY AFFILIATION. OUR ECONOMY IS DESTROYED, WE CONTINUE TO SEND TAXPAYER DOLLARS OUT OF THE COUNTRY, AND ASK FED WORKERS TO BALANCE A BUDGET THEY CAN'T SEEM TO CONTROL. ENOUGH OF THE WASTE, AND THEN MAKING US PAY FOR IT.

Thu, Jun 9, 2011

It's so easy to decide to cut someone else's pay when you're sitting above all that. Let's see Congress start taking pay cuts and less benefits before they start attacking the federal workforce.

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