Obama announces plan to bump feds' pay in 2014

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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.

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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 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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Reader comments

Mon, Dec 30, 2013

Well the president,congress and the senater,will get their raises but we don't.I have been shifted all over the place since I lost my kids can't hardly find jobs to support themselves and are taking care of me to.When will we ever get a raise so we can take care of us.Like everyone is saying quit giving so much money to other country's and start taking care of your own.All I want to do is end it all so some one else can collect my part of the little money we get.

Sat, Dec 7, 2013

LOL, how about this reality check, I've given myself an effective raise by actually stating to charge for overtime... Yeah, screw your 1%, until the ban overtime (which is just fine too), I'm making up for the lack of these pay increases by simply not donating my time. Fair's fair! Suck it Mr. President, your now paying me more for the same level of effort! And it's going to be even more in the coming year because I get to decide when certain work gets done. Yeah, you can't win Pal, keep trying.

Tue, Sep 3, 2013

I've become so used to criticism and disrespect from our president, congressmen, and news media that I don't remember how to accept anything remotely positive. Wasn't it supposed to be .5% last year? I'm thinking zero again...

Tue, Sep 3, 2013 Dee Northwest US

It'll be another thing to get this passed / past congress' gridlock unless htere is a benefit for them (re: resotring FAA funding just in time for their holiday). He can do this, but congress holds the power to authorize (or not) all spending. If he doesn't get them on it, it won't really fly, and may backfire.

Tue, Sep 3, 2013

@lostFaith. When we start getting significantly larger pay raises, then you can worry about inflation. Remember, inflation means more money for all. Everyone likes a point. QE isn't causing inflation because money is not being printed. Money is being shifted from the federal reserve banks "excess reserves" to the fed to buy bonds with. To the point of the raise, 1% after being absolutely frozen at 2010 level is pathetic. Meanwhile, the CSRS retirees get the FULL CPI COLA every year. Sad that CSRS retirees get more of an increase than active working productive folks. This 4 year freeze will permanently reduce lifetime earnings significantly. Why in the heck did I think I wanted to work for the gvot those 29 years ago??

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