Articles | 2014 Federal Employee Pay Raise: Executive Order Approves 1% Increase
2014 Federal Employee Pay Raise: Executive Order Approves 1% Increase
December 24, 2014
President Obama signed an executive order Monday giving federal employees a 1
percent across-the-board pay increase ending a 3-year pay freeze.
According to the order, the pay raise will become "effective on the first
day of the first applicable pay period beginning on or after January 1, 2014."
Joseph A. Beaudoin, president of the National Active and Retired Federal
Employees Association (NARFE), released the following statement: "Today's
announcement by the president provides much-needed relief for America's
hard-working, middle-class federal employees whose paychecks have been frozen
while the cost of gas, groceries and housing has increased. As the pay gap
between private- and public-sector workers has grown, ending the three-year pay
freeze for public workers is an important investment in maintaining the strength
of the federal workforce."
Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations
Committee, praised President Obama's announcement of a 2014 pay raise
stating: "This long-overdue modest pay raise for federal government
employees is a good step in recognizing the value of federal workers. They have
been the targets of unending attacks. They've been furloughed, laid off and
locked out through no fault of their own. I believe federal employees should
never be scapegoats in fights over deficit reduction."