August 30, 2014
President Barack Obama called for a 1 percent pay increase for all federal employees in letters he sent to Congress Friday afternoon. “Civilian Federal employees have already made significant sacrifices as a result of a three-year pay freeze that ended in January 2014 with the implementation of a 1.0 percent pay increase — an amount lower than the private sector pay increases and statutory formula for adjustments to the base General Schedule,” Obama wrote. He also called for locality pay percentages to remain at their 2014 levels. Congress, whom has yet to pass a fiscal 2015 budget, can still block the pay raises through legislation when members return from recess on Sept. 8. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, praised the President’s decision to give a cost of living adjustment (COLA) to federal employees in 2015.