WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is offering civilian federal workers and members of the military a 1 percent pay increase in 2015, the same raise he offered last year citing efforts to keep government costs down during the economic recovery.
The new pay raises reflect what Obama proposed in his 2015 budget earlier this year.READ MORE: Busta Rhymes, Chaka Khan To Perform At AFRAM Festival, Will Be Held On Juneteenth Starting 2021
Obama sent a letter Friday describing the raises to the House and Senate. The figure is lower than private sector pay increase and lower than what a government formula for raises would have provided. Obama can bypass that formula by informing Congress of his alternative plan by the end of August.READ MORE: Fells Point Business Owners Meet With City Agencies On Recent Crime
Federal employees operated under a pay freeze until January of this year when the current 1 percent pay increase took effect.MORE NEWS: Blood Donations Needed As US Faces Severe Shortage, Red Cross Says
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