ACCOLADES FOR OBAMA ON ALL SIDES FOR LAST-MINUTE FEDERAL PAY RAISE - December 12, 2016
Obama’s pay raise for feds praised by unions, local Hill members
By Joe Davidson, Washington Post
Like kids with a surprise in their Christmas stockings, local members of Congress and leaders of federal employee organizations are joyful over a larger-than-expected pay increase for federal workers.
Just in time for the holiday bills, President Obama authorized an average pay raise of 2.1 percent for 2017, instead of the 1.6 percent he submitted in August. That means pay for the civilian workforce will increase by the same percentage as the military’s, continuing a parity that has generally been followed for years.