House approves two-year federal pay freeze

Feds move one step closer to salary stasis

The House today approved the Obama administration’s two-year pay freeze proposal for all civilian federal employees as part of a fiscal 2011 appropriations bill. The measure now goes to the Senate.

Earlier in the week, a group of Washington-area House lawmakers urged their colleagues to reject the proposal and instead review federal pay annually.

The freeze is part of an appropriations bill, H.R. 3082, that passed by 212-206. That provision said no statutory pay adjustment will take effect for federal employees from Jan. 2011 until Dec. 2012, “absent a change of position that results in a substantial increase in responsibility, or a promotion.” The legislation also stated the president may issue guidance to federal agencies on how to implement the freeze.


Related stories:

Some lawmakers seek to dilute pay freeze proposal

Could pay freeze send feds to private sector?


Federal labor organizations. who have opposed the pay freeze proposal and others like it, criticized the House's action.

“By imposing a two-year freeze on federal employees, it is clear members of Congress are bowing to political pressure stemming from the spread of misinformation relating to both the composition of the federal workforce and the impact instituting a freeze will have on deficit reduction efforts,” Federal Managers Association National President Patricia Niehaus said. “FMA supports the contention voiced by several lawmakers that evaluation of annual pay adjustments should take place on a yearly basis.”

John Gage, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, said, “This really puts federal employees between a rock and a hard place. Agencies can’t operate at all without a budget, but the spending cuts in this bill will make it even harder for employees to get their jobs done.” 


 

About the Author

Alyah Khan is a staff writer covering IT policy.

Featured

  • Contracting
    8 prototypes of the border walls as tweeted by CBP San Diego

    DHS contractors face protests – on the streets

    Tech companies are facing protests internally from workers and externally from activists about doing for government amid controversial policies like "zero tolerance" for illegal immigration.

  • Workforce
    By Mark Van Scyoc Royalty-free stock photo ID: 285175268

    At OPM, Weichert pushes direct hire, pay agent changes

    Margaret Weichert, now acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, is clearing agencies to make direct hires in IT, cyber and other tech fields and is changing pay for specialized occupations.

  • Cloud
    Shutterstock ID ID: 222190471 By wk1003mike

    IBM protests JEDI cloud deal

    As the deadline to submit bids on the Pentagon's $10 billion, 10-year warfighter cloud deal draws near, IBM announced a legal protest.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.