SENATORS WANT TO KNOW REASONING BEHIND WHITE HOUSE'S PROPOSED PAY FREEZE - January 29, 2018
Senator Asks White House to Explain the Logic Behind Its Proposed Federal Pay Freeze
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
The Senate’s top Democrat with oversight of the federal workforce pressed the White House to explain its proposed pay freeze for civil servants in 2019, as part of a series of questions asking how the Trump administration rationalized some stark differences with initial agency requests in its forthcoming budget.
In a letter, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, asked Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to “please explain OMB’s rationale for proposing a pay freeze for all federal employees, including law enforcement officers.” The proposal first came to light after McCaskill published “passback” documents from OMB to the Homeland Security Department exchanged as part of the fiscal 2019 budget planning process.