Letter to the Editor
Bureaucratus' column, "Pay raise spells trouble," was of interest to me, because I manage a tech
shop for the Army.
Although I love to see my folks get this raise (I am a 301I manager,
so I am not included), it has created a slew of other problems.
The strategy of the pay raise was done at higher headquarters level,
and they didn't consult the folks in the trenches. It was a surprise to
me when it was announced.
Here are some of the problems created and why the raise probably won't
1. A person can't be classified as a 334 until reaching the grade of
GS-9. The only way a person could get the raise at the GS-5 or 7 level is
to be in a training program classified as a GS-5/7/9. So the pay raise will
not help the entry-level folks that much.
2. No funding was budgeted for this increase. At my site alone, it will
cost about $95,000 additional in salary dollars. This is bad because we
are very short of the funds we need to even operate effectively.
3. Because of reductions in force, downsizing, preferences, entitlements,
etc., it is nearly impossible to hire "new blood" into the business. Based
on this fact, the objective of raising the pay at the lower level to attract
new, young people to government service is pretty hard to achieve.
4. Most of the folks in our business, at the Army installation level,
are under A-76 study. This means we are competing directly with contractors
for our jobs. So the timing for the pay raise was really not good from a
competitive standpoint, because it made the middle grades much more expensive
Chief, technical services
Directorate of Information Management