Bill Would Give Feds a 3.3 Percent Pay Raise in 2015

Reps. Jim Moran, D-Va., (left) and Gerry Connolly, D-Va.,  are pushing the measure. Reps. Jim Moran, D-Va., (left) and Gerry Connolly, D-Va., are pushing the measure. J. Scott Applewhite/AP File Photo

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Federal employees would receive a 3.3 percent pay raise in 2015 under a House bill unveiled by a Washington-area lawmaker.

The legislation, introduced by Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., would apply the increase to both General Schedule employees and wage-grade workers. President Obama has proposed a 1 percent pay raise for civilian employees and military service members in 2015 -- the same bump both groups received this year. Until now, federal civilian employees hadn't received an across-the-board annual pay raise since 2010, although they were eligible to receive raises through step increases and promotions during the past three years.

Co-sponsors of the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act are Democrats Jim Moran of Virginia, Elijah Cummings and C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland, John Tierney and Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts, Eleanor Holmes Norton of D.C., Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania and Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico.

“By investing in the federal government’s most valuable resource -- its talented workforce -- the FAIR Act would begin repairing the significant damage that has been wrought on our overworked, underpaid and unappreciated career civil service, while helping to ensure we can attract the best and the brightest to build the federal workforce of the future,” Connolly said in a statement.

The American Federation of Government Employees praised the bill on Wednesday. “Federal employees have seen their standard of living deteriorate in recent years due to a three-year pay freeze, unpaid furloughs, and higher retirement contributions for newer workers,” President J. David Cox Sr. said in a statement. “A 3.3 percent pay raise would help federal employees recoup some of that lost income and ensure the government is able to recruit and retain the high caliber workers that taxpayers expect.”

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association also expressed support for the legislation. The 3.3 percent pay increase “would help to close the growing gap between public- and private-sector pay -- now at 35 percent, according to the Federal Salary Council, based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics data,” NARFE President Joseph Beaudoin said in a statement. “Providing our public servants adequate compensation is about more than just fairness -- it is about maintaining an efficient and effective federal government.”

The Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Cummings, pointed out in a statement that 85 percent of the federal workforce lives outside of Washington, D.C., “in every congressional district.”

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