President Obama will propose a 1 percent pay raise for federal civilian employees in the administration’s fiscal 2014 budget proposal, the Washington Post has learned.
At the same time, the House plans to vote soon on legislation that would extend the current freeze on basic pay rates through the end of calendar 2013. The freeze was originally set for two years and scheduled to expire at the end of last year, but it was extended until a temporary budget measure expires next month.
When the measure expires, federal employees will receive a 0.5 percent raise for the remainder of 2013, unless blocked by congressional action.
A 1 percent increase is less than the 1.8 percent raise that automatically would kick in for 2014 under a law that requires a pay increase pegged to wage growth in the private sector. Last year, wages in the private sector grew 1.8 percent.
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