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NARFE: Proposed Pay Freeze Devalues Contributions of Civil Servants
December 2, 2020

Alexandria, Va. – In response to the White House indicating support for a federal civilian employee pay freeze proposed by Senate Appropriations Committee Republicans, NARFE National President Ken Thomas issued the following statement:

“President’s Trump’s retreat from his promised 1 percent pay raise for federal employees is disappointing, to say the least. In a year when federal employees have stepped up to respond to a global pandemic, with tens of thousands on the frontlines working on behalf of the American people and contracting COVID-19 in the process, a 1 percent pay increase was the least our nation could do to honor the commitment of Feds.

“But now, the White House has come out in support of a proposal by Senate Appropriations Committee Republicans, which would freeze federal pay at 2020 levels, while at the same time, the administration affirmed its support for a 3 percent pay increase for military members included in the funding bills.

“This disparity devalues the contributions of civil servants, who tirelessly and expertly meet the needs of not only our military, but also of our nation as it struggles through this historic health crisis and attendant rocky economic conditions. And unfortunately, federal civilian employees now face the very real prospect of lower take-home pay next year due to health insurance premium increases, which average 4.9 percent.

“President Trump should walk back his support for the Senate plan and affirm the need to increase civilian pay for 2021. Our dedicated civil servants deserve no less.”

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.

Jenn Rafael
NARFE Director of Communications and Marketing


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