Senate approves pay raise for feds

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.

Reader comments

Thu, Aug 9, 2018

Our management are self-serving gender biased minions who go out of their way to demoralize high performing individuals through mediocre performance appraisals, no chance for promotions, writing each other for bonuses (large perverse ones at that), keeping such bonus numbers secret from the regular workers, back stabbing employees who challenge them on grounds of poor performing do nothing management who think that a 4 hr lunch break is ok and travel for no reason other than they know they do not do anything of note at the office. Management should be streamlined and employees should make the decisions to better what they can do as civil servants.

Wed, Aug 8, 2018

They tried a Performance Based Pay system, NSPS, several years back with little to no success. The winners were the "supervisor's favorites". Unless a System is put in place that guarantees fairness for ALL, it won't work. I STRONGLY recommend that employees grade his/her Supervisor. With this type of requirement in place, it alleviate the favoritism.

Wed, Aug 8, 2018 JDD VAMC- Detroit, Michigan

AMEN to all the comments dated/posted 080618; this is especially TRUE here at the Detroit VA, racism and favoritism is really rampant!!!!

Wed, Aug 8, 2018

NARFE President Richard G. Thissen and his staff should be working for a larger pay raise that compensates non-management employees for the salary losses under Clinton, Obama and the rest of the bonzos elected. NARFE like all unions talk the talk and do the nothing of consequence

Tue, Aug 7, 2018

Don't break the bank there guys...

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