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Obama to propose 1 percent pay hike for federal workers, troops

President Obama speaks to the members of the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room at the White House on Feb. 24, 2014. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images) President Obama speaks to the members of the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room at the White House on Feb. 24, 2014. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama will propose a 1 percent pay raise for federal employees and members of the military in the fiscal 2015 budget he announces next week.

The increases are consistent with the pay hikes civilians and troops received this year.

An administration official said the proposed civilian increase “reflects the tight budget constraints we continue to face, while also recognizing the critical role these civilian employees play in our country – doing everything from assuring the safety of our food and airways, to securing our borders, to providing health care to veterans, to searching for cures to diseases.  It also recognizes the sacrifices they have already made through prior pay freezes, reductions in awards, and furloughs due to sequestration last year.”

Until this year, civilian basic pay rates were frozen for three years and furloughs in 2013 caused some federal employees to take a pay cut.

The official also said the budget plan will include “other measures important to ensuring that federal employees are fairly compensated and have the training and tools needed to succeed.”

The training will include “exchanges across agencies to share best practices and increase leadership development opportunities within government.” Increased training opportunities also would be available to senior managers with an emphasize on “diversity and the changing needs of a 21st Century workforce.”

Military personnel have received pay raises every year of Obama’s presidency. Their increase “was recommended by the senior uniformed military leadership, including the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and all of the service secretaries,” the official said, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“The pay increase is part of a larger package of compensation reforms,” the official added, “that our military leadership has recommended to control rising compensation costs and allow for investments in the training, equipment and support that our troops need.”

Earlier this month, Obama carried out a promise from his State of the Union address, signing an executive order to set a new minimum wage of $10.10 an hour for workers hired by private companies under new government service contracts, starting next year.

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Joe Davidson writes the Federal Diary, a column about federal government and workplace issues that celebrated its 80th birthday in November 2012. Davidson previously was an assistant city editor at The Washington Post and a Washington and foreign correspondent with The Wall Street Journal, where he covered federal agencies and political campaigns.

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