[Jan 2013 update following fiscal cliff deal and executive order] The fiscal cliff deal passed in Congress and brokered by Vice President Joe Biden, Senate leaders Harry Reid (Democrat) and Mitch McConnell (Republican) contains provisions to lift the three year federal employee pay freeze. Under the agreed deal the current pay freeze for government workers on the GS scale will be lifted, along with incoming members of Congress.
Per the President’s executive order signed in late December, federal employees can expect a 0.5 percent pay raise in 2013 after the budget freeze expires on March 27, 2013.
But a pay raise is not a done deal with Republican legislator Michael G. Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) getting a bill passed in the house that would continue the GS pay freeze through the end of 2013.
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[Dec 2012 Update] Unfortunately it looks like there will no GS pay raise in 2013 following the President’s signature of a Congress approved six-month government spending measure (continuing resolution). The resulting budget freeze at 2012 levels means federal employees and members of Congress will not see a pay rise or salary bump until April 2013 at the earliest. President Obama had recommended a 0.5% pay raise for federal workers in 2013, conditional on Congress passing a budget. This clearly did not happen - which meant the multi-year GS pay freeze was extended. Individual employees on the GS scale still remain eligible for raises if they receive promotions, step increases or performance awards. Below is the 2013 GS pay table, which is the same as 2012 and 2011.
[Update] The 2013 pay raise for GS pay scale based workers is up in the air with the House Appropriations Committee (responsible for the house federal budget proposal) advancing a spending bill that does not contain a pay raise for federal workers in 2013. This is in contrast to the 0.5% proposal (see update below) that the President had proposed.
The house bill containing the annual federal pay raise proposal is known as the Financial Services and General Government spending bill. The Senate’s version of the annual appropriations legislation also omitted language on federal pay raises in 2013. The lack of provisions for a raise in both the House and Senate bill does not necessarily mean federal workers will not get a pay hike in 2013. In fact the president has the authority to determine a raise based on the Employment Cost Index if Congress fails to explicitly block a pay raise.
[Mar 2012] In his 2013 budget, President Obama is calling for a 0.5% federal employee pay raise after two years of no increases. The proposed raise has to be approved by Congress and is likely to be bitterly opposed by Republicans, who control the House, and want no further increases in government spending until the national debt is cut.
Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-Fla.), who chairs a House subcommittee overseeing the federal workforce, called the pay plan “pure politics” and labeled Obama “a public sector union puppet” for making the proposal. “Federal employees are paid better, receive better benefits and enjoy unparalleled job security, compared to their private sector counterparts,” Ross said in a statement. (Washington Post)
Some rank-and-file federal workers said Friday that the proposed raise is nominal at best and that they think they’ve sacrificed enough. For an average federal employee the raise would be equivalent to an additional $500 annually — less than $20 per paycheck, before taxes.