On Thursday, the Defense Department said that in order to blend in, special-operation forces often don the insignia of forces they accompany. On Friday, after Turkey complained, a spokesman called the action “unauthorized and inappropriate.”
The great majority of federal employees are already painfully aware of this fact, but the White House made it official Monday: the freeze on salaries for civilian feds remains in effect for another year.
In an annual exercise, President Obama issued an executive order spelling out exactly what next year's pay rates would be for various federal salary schedules.
This year, though, he noted that the order simply "freezes certain pay schedules for civilian federal employees at 2010 levels through 2012."
Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.
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