Senate approves pay raise for feds
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Aug 02, 2018
The Senate on Aug. 1 approved a spending package that includes a 1.9 percent pay raise for civilian federal employees next year.
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association released a statement commending the bill’s passage.
“Approval of a 1.9 percent pay raise for federal employees begins the process of countering the Administration’s proposed federal pay freeze in 2019. Without congressional action federal pay will be kept stagnant by the Trump administration, which has clearly stated its intention to freeze federal pay for calendar year 2019. To keep federal pay at a standstill while the economy and private-sector wages continue to grow is a direct show of contempt for our nation’s middle-class, career civil servants, “NARFE President Richard G. Thissen said.
He added, “Despite frozen pay for three years from 2011-2013, civil servants come to work every day dedicated to helping the American public. They do so at a time of continued threats to their earned pay and benefits. For their unwavering service in the face of these challenges, federal employees deserve this modest raise included in the Senate spending bill.”
The White House has raised concern with the pay raise, stating that across the board pay raises do not address existing pay disparities or improve recruitment and retention goals, and that it instead wants to promote performance-based pay, a pay freeze, and a $1 billion interagency workforce fund, to fund pay for performance pilot programs.