Executive Order Ends Pay Freeze, Implements 1 Percent Pay Raise

An executive order issued by President Obama last week officially ends a three year pay freeze for federal employees that began in 2010. In 2014, starting on January 1, General Schedule employees will receive a one percent across the board pay increase.

A memorandum from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) stipulates how the pay adjustment will apply to other white-collar workers, including the Senior Executive Service (SES), Senior-Level and Scientific and Professional Positions, Administrative Law Judges, and others.

Locality pay will be the same as in 2013. Although twelve new locality pay areas were proposed for 2014, a December 17 meeting of the Federal Salary Council determined that those new areas would not yet be implemented.

In announcing the president’s order, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said in a statement, "This modest adjustment reflects the tight budget constraints we now face, while also recognizing the critical role these civilian employees play in our country - doing everything from assuring the safety of our food and airways, to securing our borders, to providing health care to veterans, to searching for cures to diseases. It also recognizes the sacrifices they have already made through pay freezes, reductions in benefits, and furloughs due to sequestration this year."

A group of lawmakers is advocating for wage-grade employees to also receive the same one percent pay raise as white-collar workers. The bipartisan legislation (H.R. 3573), sponsored by Rep. Cartwright (D-PA), has twenty-one cosponsors, including twelve Democrats and nine Republicans.

“The inconsistency in wages between WG and GS employees is inequitable. It hurts a group of Americans that can least afford a fourth year with no increase at all,” said Rep. Cartwright. 

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Tags: OPM, Office of Personnel Management, General Schedule employees, feds pay raise, feds pay freeze

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