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:

  • Sponsored by G Suite

    Cross-Agency Teamwork, Anytime and Anywhere

    Dan McCrae, director of IT service delivery division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

    Download
  • Data-Centric Security vs. Database-Level Security

    Database-level encryption had its origins in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to very basic risks which largely revolved around the theft of servers, backup tapes and other physical-layer assets. As noted in Verizon’s 2014, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)1, threats today are far more advanced and dangerous.

    Download
  • Federal IT Applications: Assessing Government's Core Drivers

    In order to better understand the current state of external and internal-facing agency workplace applications, Government Business Council (GBC) and Riverbed undertook an in-depth research study of federal employees. Overall, survey findings indicate that federal IT applications still face a gamut of challenges with regard to quality, reliability, and performance management.

    Download
  • PIV- I And Multifactor Authentication: The Best Defense for Federal Government Contractors

    This white paper explores NIST SP 800-171 and why compliance is critical to federal government contractors, especially those that work with the Department of Defense, as well as how leveraging PIV-I credentialing with multifactor authentication can be used as a defense against cyberattacks

    Download
  • Toward A More Innovative Government

    This research study aims to understand how state and local leaders regard their agency’s innovation efforts and what they are doing to overcome the challenges they face in successfully implementing these efforts.

    Download
  • From Volume to Value: UK’s NHS Digital Provides U.S. Healthcare Agencies A Roadmap For Value-Based Payment Models

    The U.S. healthcare industry is rapidly moving away from traditional fee-for-service models and towards value-based purchasing that reimburses physicians for quality of care in place of frequency of care.

    Download
  • GBC Flash Poll: Is Your Agency Safe?

    Federal leaders weigh in on the state of information security

    Download

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