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White House proposes 1.4 percent pay raise

White House proposes 1.4 percent pay raise

Jason Miller | Executive Editor | FederalNewsRadio

President Obama is proposing to give federal employees and military servicemen and women the same pay raise-1.4 percent-the lowest recommendation in almost 40 years

The President submitted his fiscal 2011 budget to Congress today detailing several proposals, including an entire section devoted to the federal workforce and data about everything from retirements to pay to education levels.

Poll: Shoud Congress pass a larger pay raise for the military and federal workers?

Poll: Shoud Congress pass a larger pay raise for the military and federal workers?

The 1.4 percent across the board pay raise is lower than the 2 percent civilian federal employee and 3.4 percent military men and women received in 2010, and down from 3.9 percent in 2009. The Congressional Research Service reported in 2006 every federal employee pay raise since 1970. The previous lowest amount was 2 percent in 1988. Congress still must agree to the President’s proposal, which history shows they rarely do. This year is one of the few times Congress agreed with the White House’s proposal.

“In 2009, full-time, year-round federal civilian employees earned on average 21 percent more than workers in the private sector, according to Current Population Survey data collected by the Census Bureau,” the White House states in the budget request. “However, a raw comparison of these numbers masks important differences in education levels of federal and private sector employees. About 20 percent of federal workers have a master’s degree, professional degree or doctorate versus only 13 percent in the private sector. A full 51 percent of federal employees have at least a college degree compared to 35 percent in the private sector.”

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