Debt commission aims at feds' pay, benefits

Draft cost-cutting proposals would hit feds in the pocket, in the pension and in the office

Federal employees could get hit by the debt commission’s recommendations to freeze pay and benefits and cut 10 percent of the workforce.

However, there's no guarantee the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform will adopt the money-saving plans for its final report, which will go to President Barack Obama. The commission is charged with looking for ways to improve the government's fiscal situation and balance the budget.

Its draft report signals a shift in the atmosphere surrounding the federal workforce, wrote Joe Davidson in the Washington Post’s Federal Diary column.

By including such workforce-related proposals, the report might prolong a particular view of federal employees, he added.

News stories in recent months have compared federal employees' pay with that of private sector workers, and the reports have generated debate on the issue.

Read the column and how the commission's recommendations might affect federal employees.

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Matthew Weigelt is a freelance journalist who writes about acquisition and procurement.

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