Long Supportive of Federal Pay Raise, NARFE Sees Reported 2020 Increase a Step in the Right Direction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 16, 2019                                

Alexandria, Va. – In response to media reports indicating that Congress has agreed to an average 3.1 percent federal employee pay raise as part of a FY20 spending package, NARFE National President Ken Thomas issued the following statement:

“In a year that began with federal employees out of work and unpaid, a 3.1 percent average pay raise is a step toward recognizing the importance and hard work of federal civil servants. In the short term, this increase should help the federal government compete with the private sector to secure top talent. We applaud congressional leaders for shepherding this increase in pay through the legislative process and look forward to working with Congress, the White House and federal agencies to identify and implement further strategic measures that will attract and maintain the next generation of federal workers.”

Background
The average 3.1 percent pay raise consists of a 2.6 percent across-the-board increase with a 0.5 percent average increase to locality pay rates. The figure is based on the annual change in private-sector pay as measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Cost Index prior to the development of the president’s budget request.
Earlier this year, House and Senate approved a 3.1 percent wage increase for members of the military in 2020, which the president is expected to sign into law this week as part of the FY20 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

In his budget request, the president supported a federal pay freeze in 2020, then pivoted in August when he announced support for implementing a 2.6 percent pay raise next year.

NARFE has remained steadfast in its advocacy for a federal pay raise that is commensurate with private-sector increases. Notably, NARFE sent letters to both the House and Senate throughout the appropriations process.
 
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As the only organization solely dedicated to the general welfare of all federal workers and retirees, NARFE delivers valuable guidance, timely resources and powerful advocacy. For nearly a century, NARFE has been a trusted source of knowledge for the federal community, Capitol Hill, the executive branch and the media.

CONTACT:
Jill Talley
NARFE Director of Public Relations
jtalley@narfe.org
(703)838-7760

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NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association) 606 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314, Phone: (703) 838-7760, Fax: (703) 838-7785.

 

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Long Supportive of Federal Pay Raise, NARFE Sees Reported 2020 Increase a Step in the Right Direction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 16, 2019                                

Alexandria, Va. – In response to media reports indicating that Congress has agreed to an average 3.1 percent federal employee pay raise as part of a FY20 spending package, NARFE National President Ken Thomas issued the following statement:

“In a year that began with federal employees out of work and unpaid, a 3.1 percent average pay raise is a step toward recognizing the importance and hard work of federal civil servants. In the short term, this increase should help the federal government compete with the private sector to secure top talent. We applaud congressional leaders for shepherding this increase in pay through the legislative process and look forward to working with Congress, the White House and federal agencies to identify and implement further strategic measures that will attract and maintain the next generation of federal workers.”

Background
The average 3.1 percent pay raise consists of a 2.6 percent across-the-board increase with a 0.5 percent average increase to locality pay rates. The figure is based on the annual change in private-sector pay as measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Cost Index prior to the development of the president’s budget request.
Earlier this year, House and Senate approved a 3.1 percent wage increase for members of the military in 2020, which the president is expected to sign into law this week as part of the FY20 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

In his budget request, the president supported a federal pay freeze in 2020, then pivoted in August when he announced support for implementing a 2.6 percent pay raise next year.

NARFE has remained steadfast in its advocacy for a federal pay raise that is commensurate with private-sector increases. Notably, NARFE sent letters to both the House and Senate throughout the appropriations process.
 
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As the only organization solely dedicated to the general welfare of all federal workers and retirees, NARFE delivers valuable guidance, timely resources and powerful advocacy. For nearly a century, NARFE has been a trusted source of knowledge for the federal community, Capitol Hill, the executive branch and the media.

CONTACT:
Jill Talley
NARFE Director of Public Relations
jtalley@narfe.org
(703)838-7760



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NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association) 606 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314, Phone: (703) 838-7760, Fax: (703) 838-7785.

 

This is the only website that reflects the official opinions and positions of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE). Opinions and/or positions that appear on any other site bearing NARFE's name or seal are not necessarily those of NARFE. Click here for Privacy Statement.   NARFE has been certified by Dun & Bradstreet.