NARFE urges panel not to target feds again
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Mar 16, 2016
The president of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association urged the House Budget Committee to keep its hands off federal employee pay and benefits in its March 16 markup of its fiscal 2017 budget resolution.
An initial budget outline released by the committee did not yet include measures targeting federal pay and benefits, although most observers expected such language to be incorporated in the resolution during markup.
“Over the past several years, federal employees endured three years of pay freezes, followed by modest pay raises that did not keep pace with private-sector wage increases,” NARFE President Richard G. Thissen wrote in letter last week to lawmakers. “Employees were subjected to furloughs as casualties of budget sequestration and suffered financial uncertainty as a result of the government’s 16-day shutdown. New hires were tapped twice for increased retirement contributions (without any added benefit).”
“Taken together, these reductions in the pay and benefits of federal employees reduced the deficit by more than $120 billion,” he said.
Thissen instead encouraged the committee to draw up a budget that “reflects the value of our nation’s public servants” by providing agencies with sufficient funding and resisting the impulse to cut compensation and benefits.