Alexandria, VA - Today, the President released the
Administration's fiscal year 2013 budget request, which proposes a 0.5
percent increase to federal employee salaries, but also asks feds to
contribute more to their retirement fund. The end result of these
proposals is essentially another year of the federal pay freeze.
The proposals put forth by President Obama in his FY13 budget
request include asking federal employees to contribute 1.2 percent more
to their retirement plan over a three-year period beginning in 2013.
Under this proposal, civil servants would see an immediate loss of 0.4
percent in take home pay, effectively canceling out the 0.5 percent
increase in pay proposed by the President.
"Federal employees continue to play a disproportionate role in
deficit reduction strategies," commented FMA National President Patricia
Niehaus, "sending the message that those who serve our nation day in
and day out are responsible for our government's spending problem."
"We at FMA continue to oppose any proposal which calls for
federal employees to contribute more towards their retirement plan,
which is an immediate decrease in the take home pay of two million hard
working Americans. While Congress is simultaneously debating how to put
more money into the paychecks of American citizens, it is
incomprehensible that the same rationale does not apply to federal
By including a 1.7 percent increase in pay for military members
in the budget request, President Obama is following in the footsteps of
his predecessor and ignoring over two decades of legislative precedent
by proposing unequal pay raises for military and civilian federal
employees. "In these challenging economic times, our members recognize
the need to make sacrifices in order to strengthen our economy and are
willing to make such sacrifices. We appreciate the President taking the
steps to ensure federal employees are compensated after a two-year pay
freeze; however, civil servants and their military counterparts often
work side-by-side to ensure the safety our country. We ask the President
to reconsider his decision to provide civilian and military employees
disparate raises," Niehaus continued.
While the President's budget request is less detrimental to feds
than many of the proposals circulating on Capitol Hill, asking federal
employees to contribute more after they sacrificed $60 billion with the
current two-year pay freeze is not in line with the notion of "shared
sacrifice." Federal managers recognize that our country finds itself
mired in economic uncertainty, and like many Americans, federal managers
accepted the two-year pay freeze as a shared sacrifice in the
collective effort to pare down our mounting debt. However, federal
workers do not deserve to disproportionately shoulder the burden of the
nation's economic problems.
"Federal workers are responsible for protecting our borders,
providing care for our veterans, and assisting our troops abroad. Yet
they are unfairly painted as scapegoats for the nation's deficit and
budget crisis. We at FMA remain firm in our commitment to ensuring
federal employees are not unduly targeted during deficit reduction talks
while assisting our agencies in running more effectively and
efficiently during this time of fiscal uncertainty."