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Obama Proposing 1% Pay Raise for Federal Workers in Next Budget

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Feb. 24 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama will propose a 1 percent pay increase for federal civilian workers and military personnel in the fiscal 2015 budget set for release on March 4, the administration said in a statement.

The raise would cover about 2.1 million federal employees. Obama put a 1 percent increase for civilian employees in his 2014 budget after a three-year freeze. Military pay has increased each year. This year’s raise doesn’t include generals and flag officers, the administration said.

The pay boost “reflects the tight budget constraints we continue to face, while also recognizing the critical role these civilian employees play in our country,” the White House said in the statement. “It also recognizes the sacrifices they have already made through prior pay freezes, reductions in awards, and furloughs due to sequestration last year.”

The spending outline that Obama will submit to Congress for the year beginning Oct. 1 will include other measures to ensure that federal employees “are fairly compensated, and have the training and tools needed to succeed” while serving the public.

The raise for the armed forces “is part of a larger package of compensation reforms 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,” the statement said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Roger Runningen in Washington at rrunningen@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steven Komarow at skomarow1@bloomberg.net

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