Biden orders 2.7% pay raise for civilian feds

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President Joe Biden told Congress on Friday that he will give civilian federal employees a 2.2% base pay hike plus a 0.5% increase in locality pay.

The adjustment takes effect in the first pay period that starts Jan. 1, 2022. It affects civilian federal employees working under the general schedule.

The planned 2.7% increase was included in the administration's budget.

Some House Democrats have been pressing for a 3.2% increase, but so far appropriations bills have been silent on the subject of pay, leaving space for Biden to offer an "alternative pay plan" under administrative authority.

Ken Thomas, the president of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, greeted the move saying that "the market-value 2.7 pay increase is a welcome change after the nominal 1% increase federal employees were provided in 2021, one that fell far short of what they deserved for the essential work many carried out on behalf of the American people throughout a global pandemic."

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Before joining the editing team, Mazmanian was an FCW staff writer covering Congress, government-wide technology policy and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to joining FCW, Mazmanian was technology correspondent for National Journal and served in a variety of editorial roles at B2B news service SmartBrief. Mazmanian has contributed reviews and articles to the Washington Post, the Washington City Paper, Newsday, New York Press, Architect Magazine and other publications.

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