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10 House members urge 3% pay raise for civilian feds

A week after House Appropriators moved a funding bill that included a 1% pay raise for federal workers, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is pushing for parity between the civilian workforce and members of the military.

Ten members of the House, led by Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), sent a letter to Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) and Ranking Member Kay Granger (R-Texas), along with the chairman and ranking member of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, asking them to revise the Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill to match the 3% raise the National Defense Authorization Act current mandates for military personnel.

“As in previous years, we support the biggest pay increase possible for our military members,” the legislators wrote. “We also want to note that with very few exceptions Congress has maintained pay parity with respect to pay raises for military and civilian federal employees.”

Connolly and his colleagues -- which include Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Reps. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) -- touted the civilian workforce’s resiliency during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The federal civilian workforce is comprised of dedicated individuals who have demonstrated their critical value to this nation each day throughout this pandemic. During this global crisis, our federal government never shut down… This year, in particular, our federal civilian workforce has served this nation at the time when services were most needed.”

On Feb. 10 of this year, the White House announced in its budget request that it would request a 1 percent pay raise while also increasing the contribution expected from federal retirees.

Reader comments

Thu, Jul 16, 2020

Those who are required to work onsite should have cost of living within 30 minute commute considered. Pay for performance policy for all agencies. Teleworking can save agencies a lot of money. good time to reorganize gov't.

Wed, Jul 15, 2020

Question ? If the American citizens are paying for services ( healthcare) outside the VA , why are we giving raises?

Wed, Jul 15, 2020

There are two sides to this: Feds have been fortunate to keep their jobs during the pandemic, and significant agency resources have been dedicated to providing work-from-home arrangements. Many private-sector counterparts lost their jobs or worked reduced hours and were on their own to set up telework.

Wed, Jul 15, 2020 Scott Hines

Some of the federal employees have been to work every day receiving and shipping PPE items to all sites. We have worked 6 and 7 days per week, not all fed's are able to work from home. The VA hospitals never close, all staff are and have been on duty. 3% seems fare, 10% would be outstanding.

Wed, Jul 15, 2020

What do you mean "maintained their jobs during the pandemic and working from home"? I have you know, I and many many others have been at work at the office every day and even canceled leave in order to provide equipment for teleworkers and keep those at the offices and at home working.

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