With the drawn out process to finalize 2013 GS pay tables (which remained frozen at 2010 levels) now complete the focus turns to what the potential 2014 pay raise could be. Given the booming economy and higher inflation it is widely expected that Congress and the administration will push for a 1% or more pay raise for federal employees. This despite higher deficits and sequestration measures. The house is currently in the early stages of debating a number of bills containing provisions to provide across-the-board pay raises in 2014 for federal employees. There is also debate on the entire GS pay system and calls for an overhaul to align it with the private sector and focus on rewarding key skills rather than tenure. The pay raise would be funded with appropriations for fiscal year 2014 (which starts in Oct 2013) and is included in the Obama administration’s 2014 budget.
For military staff, the House Armed Services has endorsed a 1.8% raise, in line with the employment cost index measure. Military pay raises have been much consistently larger than federal levels due to the higher (political and actual) regard with which our troops are held.
However any significant pay raises, federal or military, are going to be hard to justify due to to sequestration and other deficit reduction measures. Which means the debate on pay raises will continue on well into 2013. I encourage you to subscribe (free) via email to get the latest updates