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.”
President Obama and Congress agreed in the fall to extend the two-year pay freeze that began in January 2011 through the end of the current continuing resolution. Obama has recommended a 0.5 percent pay increase next year for feds when Congress passes a budget. It’s unclear when or if that will happen. Even if Congress agrees on a budget, there’s no guarantee lawmakers will approve a pay boost for federal workers.