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2010 Federal Pay Raise to Be Over 2.9 Percent

2010 Federal Pay Raise to Be Over 2.9 Percent

Kyle Stone | Editor

Approximately two months after all debates were settled with regards to the 2009 government pay schedule, speculation has already surfaced on the 2010 pay rate changes. According to, the average pay increase will be at least 2.9 percent in 2010 (a claim which is based on figures released by the Department of Labor, according to journalist Brittany Ballenstedt).

In case anybody hasn’t heard by now, the 2009 pay schedule will increase pay by 3.9 percent, since President Bush signed into law the proposal created by the senate.

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Obviously, it’s way too early to determine pay increases for 2010 – but I did have one insight I wanted to share before the discussion gets tabled until mid-2009: several government agencies, including the Intelligence Agency, will ensure that employees who meet performance standards in 2009 receive the same raise or higher in 2010. This rule renders one of the differences between the gs pay system and the NSPS pay system quite clear: under NSPS, some employees have been receiving pay raises which were less than they would have earned if they had remained under the GS pay system. This has lead to some criticism of the NSPS pay system.

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