White House confronts silence on fed pay raise

Luke Sharrett/AP
The Obama administration on Thursday threatened to veto the House version of the fiscal 2013 Financial Services appropriations bill, noting among other criticisms the measure does not contain a pay raise for federal workers.


The House Appropriations Committee last week approved the bill, which was silent on whether to allocate funds for a federal civilian pay boost. President Obama recommended a 0.5 percent pay boost for federal workers in his fiscal 2013 budget request. The civilian pay raise provision is frequently included in the financial services appropriations bill, which requisitions funds for several federal agencies.

Senate appropriators also omitted the pay raise in their version of the bill, and they included a measure specifically prohibiting political appointees from receiving pay raises in 2013.

The House is likely to take up the $21.2 billion Financial Services appropriations bill, along with other spending bills, after the July 4 recess, according to The Hill.

“A permanent pay freeze is neither sustainable nor desirable,” the Office of Management and Budget said in a statement Thursday. “The administration encourages the Congress to support the proposed 0.5 percent pay raise for civilian employees, while continuing the pay freeze for senior political officials.”

If there is no specific language affecting federal salaries in final bills, including stand-alone and omnibus legislation, then the president can determine a raise based on the Employment Cost Index. It is unclear whether he would go that route.

Overall, the Financial Services appropriations bill is $376 million below fiscal 2012 spending levels and $2 billion below the Obama administration’s fiscal 2013 request.

The House also passed a military construction and veterans affairs spending bill, which eliminates funds needed to grant some civilians a pay raise, and a homeland security spending bill, which also omitted funding for Obama’s proposed civilian pay raise in fiscal 2013.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

    Download
  • The Big Data Campaign Trail

    With everyone so focused on security following recent breaches at federal, state and local government and education institutions, there has been little emphasis on the need for better operations. This report breaks down some of the biggest operational challenges in IT management and provides insight into how agencies and leaders can successfully solve some of the biggest lingering government IT issues.

    Download
  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

    Download
  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

    Download
  • Ongoing Efforts in Veterans Health Care Modernization

    This report discusses the current state of veterans health care

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.