This chart from President Obama’s proposed fiscal 2013 budget indicates that pay raises for federal workers have dropped sharply in comparison with the private workforce. Senate legislation scheduled for a Tuesday vote would extend the current two-year freeze on basic federal pay rates for another year.

Note: Federal pay is for civilians and includes base and locality pay. Employment cost index is the wages and salaries, private industry workers series. | Source: Office of Management and Budget | | The Washington Post March 12, 2012
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