President Obama Proposes Freeze on Federal Civilian Employee Pay for 2 Years

By on November 29, 2010 in News

In a speech this morning, President Obama proposed a 2 year freeze on civilian employee pay to affect all civilian employees, including those in the Department of Defense, but it will not affect military personnel.

The White House said Monday that the freeze will save $2 billion for the remainder of FY 2011, $28 billion over the next five years, and more than $60 billion over the next 10 years.

The White House press release states that the measure is necessary due to irresponsibility of the past decade, including the President inheriting a “$1.3 trillion projected deficit upon taking office and an economic crisis that threatened to put the nation into a second Great Depression.”

The statement continues: “We need to turn our attention to addressing the massive deficits we inherited and the unsustainable fiscal course that we are on. Doing so will take some very tough choices. Just as families and businesses around the nation have tightened their belts so must their government…That is why the President has decided to propose a freeze in civilian pay for federal employees for two years, 2011, and 2012.”

Some readers have asked if this affects members of Congress.  According to an Associated Press article about the pay freeze proposal, it would not cover Congress, however lawmakers voted last April to freeze the pay of Congressional members with both the House and Senate both voting to forgo an automatic $1,600 annual cost of living increase. Members of Congress currently make $174,000 per year and last saw a pay increase of $4,700 per year at the start of 2009.

The pay freeze would also not affect step increases or bonuses for federal employees. It would go into effect on January 1, 2011 provided it is approved by Congress prior to that date.

President Obama will meet with Republicans this week to discuss the deficit, and the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility is also meeting on Wednesday.  The President stated, “Going forward, we’re going to have to make some additional very tough decisions that this town (Washington) has put off for a very long time, and that is what this upcoming week is really about.”

We will continue to keep readers informed about any decisions or proposals that may arise this week that would be likely to affect the federal workforce.
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  1. Bess144 says:

    The pay freeze is applied selectively.  As an HR Specialist for a well-known civilian agency, I process promotions to unwarranted higher grades every week–disguised as “competitive merit promotions.”

  2. worker bee says:

    Goverment worker getting the shaft! Thanks

  3. good_reader1 says:

    Lets roll back exemptions 8-10 years ago, $500 a child should be adequate why do we pay $1500 a child now? Also have 5 exemtions total. Roll back the law that retired military can have full retirement and then take a full retirement if they work to retirement age and take a civil service position. I know of career civilian managers loose a promotion to a retired military and then had to train then to do the job.

  4. Snowbreath says:

    Why dig you dig up a two year old article??????  Doesn’t make sense, unless you are bashing the President

  5. 1tiredfed2 says:

    What is the point of putting a 2 year old link in your email sent out today?  The only thing that it does is get people upset, because they think it applies to the current budget terms.  Very disappointing.  If you have it on your website then people can tell that it’s not related to what is going on presently.  If you want to do something like that in current emails then at least put a date there so people know it’s an old article.

  6. Guest says:

    I see these comments and wonder how Obama got re-elected.  I still feel that Romney is better with money and would have made a difference.

  7. Kathynoyes says:

    This article sent to me 7-25-2012 is a gross misrepresentation. If you open the article, it is dated November 2010. Are you trying to get people to think Pres. Obama is again trying to freeze pay raises? I like your articles, I’m not fond of this nonsense!!!!

  8. Greg Morgan says:

    • Greg Morgan says:

      How do we delete these?

      • FedSmith says:

        It has been up on this website since it was written. It has not been reprinted as a headline other than as historical information (as a sub-heading) for readers who like to track the history of pay items. The date of publication is listed on all of our articles.

        • 1tiredfed2 says:

          Still, I agree with the posts here that some type of preface telling people that the article is from 2010 should be included along with the link.

  9. Turbo223 says:

    Look at the date!!!! This is almost 2 years old !!!!

  10. Cleverthought says:

    I thought you were a Democrat? What happen to taxing the rich? What??? They aren’t rich enough yet? Bending to the pressure of Republicans? Get a backbone! Federal employees have suffered enough! Bonuses??? HA! Management has not given bonuses for years. You have it set up that every bonus they give, it’s less for them to pocket! SOOO, what do they do, deny bonuses for all employees under them so they can pocket more! Work us to death (we literally have had employees die..my opinion, overworked), deny bonuses, unlawfully denied Reasonable Accommodations for injuries, fight worker’s comp. for work related injuries, no money for travel yet demand work be done so management forces employees to do on site visits on employee’s dime, ridiculous deadlines forcing employees to violate FLSA regulations just to meet deadlines and not to be harassed by management, management establishing their own policies to further harasse employees to produce more, all the time management sits back and watches, getting fatter and lazier.  

    Funny thing, I was at the airport in DC. I saw a women that went up to a bobble head Obama. She literally started hitting it, saying Thanks alot Obama.. she mumbled something about her ocean front beach house and lake house. These are the same people that you are protecting from taxation. Talk about greed!!!

  11. NoMoreExcuses says:

    The statement continues: “We need to turn our attention to addressing
    the massive deficits we inherited and the unsustainable fiscal course
    that we are on.”

    3 years later still singing the same tune?! Jeez, when will Obama stop blaming everyone else but himself for the mess we are in?

  12. Dusty says:

    I would bet that the freeze does not include; him, his staff, congress, the senate, Czars or any of their staff.

  13. CAnderson says:

    Merry Christmas to you too Mr. Obama. As a retirie it is really sadd when you decide to make it so many more lose what they worked for their entire lives. If it were all about money then why the mlunder of the mailout. Biggest mistake any leader has made in history. Who pays for that mistake.. Mainstreet Americans. Did you forget about us that try to live on the retirement with no costs of living while everything just keeps going up. But then seems like all Mr. Obaman is worried about are the rich. Typicle for all Presidents. I feel it is time that all elected official be booted and a complete rebuilding of the government since you got us all into this crap to begin with.. But no. We retiries do not need to get an attitude do we?? Seems we are the first to always pay for your idiotic blunders…

  14. T Adkins says:

    I think taxing middle class 2 income families more is ridiculous! We each have a child for our incomes making our 2 income household now supporting 4 people. Since a single person only has to support one person. Not sure how that would equate. Lucky you!

  15. PAUL GOLDSTON says:

    iI WISH CONGRESS WILL GIVE RETIREES AND SINGLES A TAX BREAK AND EXEMPT THEM FROM PAYING INCOMES
    INDIFFENTLY ,

  16. Paulgold Goldston says:

    ITS BAD ENOUGH THAT WE RETIREES ARE HAVING A HARD TIMES TRYING TO LIVE AND THE HJIGH COST OF MEDICAL FOR THE COLA HAS NOT THE RAISING OF GIVING RETIREES A LOWER MEDICAL IN WHICH IS NEEDED , NEED TO LOWER DEFENSE AND HAVE THE RAISING THE COLA FOR 2012 AND BEYOND , I BELIEVE THAT THE PRESIDENT NEEDS TO GIVE A TAX BREAK TO SINGLE PEOPLE , BECAUSE WE PAY MORE TAXES THAN MARRIED COUPLES , I THINK SINGLE PEOPLE NEEDED TO BE EXEMPT AND TAX MARRIED COUPLES MORE BECAUSE THEY HAVE TWO INCOME , IN WHICH SINGLES ONLY HAVE ONE , THE SINGLE PERSON HAS TO PAY SCHOOL TAXES IN WHICH THEY HAVE NO CHILDREN IN SCHOOL , AS FAR AS INCOME TAXED WE AS SINGLES STILL BE EXEMPTED FOR GOOD , AND ABOLISHED INCOME TAXES ..

    • Dennisthomas21 says:

      Your comment makes no sense, married couples have 2 income if both are working but you’re still sharing your income if they are working. People can be married and not have kids just as single people can be single and have kids so who decides which married couples and which single person should be taxed or not taxed

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