Obama orders 1 percent pay increase for federal workers

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Washington, DC, United States (4E) – President Barack Obama on Monday issued an executive order increasing the pay of federal workers and military members by one percent effective January 2014.

The pay increase, which covers administration officials from Vice President Joe Biden on down and to the judiciary, is the first across-the-board increase the federal workforce has gotten since 2010 and the first since the increase was frozen in January 2011. It will benefit roughly 4.4 million federal employees, including 1.6 million uniformed military personnel.

The order comes five months after Obama announced the increase in a letter to Congress.

Obama originally sought a 1.3 percent pay increase. The one percent pay raise will save the government $10 billion over 10 years.

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association hailed the increase saying it will provide federal workers much-needed relief from increased cost of gas, groceries and housing.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) also hailed the increase saying it is long overdue.


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