Obama announces plan to bump feds' pay in 2014
- By Adam Mazmanian
- Aug 30, 2013
President Barack Obama has announced plans for pay increases of one percent for both civilian federal employees and military personnel.
"Civilian Federal employees have already made significant sacrifices as a result of a three-year pay freeze," Obama wrote in letters to Congress released Aug. 30. The one percent increase for feds applies to those working under the General Schedule (GS) and for other pay systems not specified in the letter. Locality pay percentages will remain at 2013 levels. Obama can set an alternative plan for civilian pay under federal law.
The one percent increase in monthly military pay is also authorized under statute. "This decision is consistent with my fiscal year 2014 Budget and will not materially affect the Federal Government's ability to attract and retain well-qualified members for the uniformed services," Obama wrote.
The pay increases take effect Jan. 1, 2014.
Adam Mazmanian is executive editor of FCW.
Before joining the editing team, Mazmanian was an FCW staff writer covering Congress, government-wide technology policy, health IT and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to joining FCW, Mr. Mazmanian was technology correspondent for National Journal and served in a variety of editorial roles at B2B news service SmartBrief. Mazmanian started his career as an arts reporter and critic, and has contributed reviews and articles to the Washington Post, the Washington City Paper, Newsday, Architect magazine, and other publications. He was an editorial assistant and staff writer at the now-defunct New York Press and arts editor at the About.com online network in the 1990s, and was a weekly contributor of music and film reviews to the Washington Times from 2007 to 2014.
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