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How Feds Can Get a Pay Raise

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House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., took to the House floor on New Year's Day to make the GOP case for extending the two-year federal pay freeze

In the process, he acknowledged that federal employees were "hard-working," but said denying an across-the-board salary increase was simply a matter of sound budgeting in tight fiscal times. 

Issa also offered what he characterized as a path toward future raises: rooting out duplication and inefficiency and restructuring federal agencies to wring savings from the budget. "The best way for federal workers to get a pay raise without it being on the backs of the the American people is to reorganize government," he said.

Issa declared he had made spearheading such a reorganization effort his New Year's resolution for 2013.

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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