The White House will propose a 0.5% pay increase for federal workers in its 2013 budget proposal, an official from the Office of Management and Budget said Friday.
Federal pay has been frozen since December 2010, when Congress signed off on an Obama administration proposal to freeze federal worker pay for two years in the name of deficit reduction.
Contrary to popular opinion, wage rate increases in the private sector are a result of productivity improvements -- fewer employees bringing in more revenue. Public employees must be subject to the same criteria. Lay off, say 0.5% of federal workers and grant the rest a 0.5% pay increase. Raises are not just rewards for "loyalty" and hanging around long enough to qualify.