TPM just scored a nice scoop today with a look at Republicans’ wish list for the deficit reduction super committee. What’s likely to be most alarming to federal employees is Rep. Darrell Issa’s idea to temporarily freeze step increases for federal employees:
[O]ne idea identifies “Chairman Issa” as the source . . . . Issa’s idea would eliminate “periodic step increases” for federal employees’ salaries and is estimated to save $1 billion.
“Federal employees receive periodic step increases driven largely by passage of time equivalent to three percent of basic pay,” the doc states.
Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is a vocal critic of the federal pay system, and earlier this year tried to freeze step increases to broaden the White House’s partial pay freeze.
TPM said another proposal, attributed to the House Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders, would increase current employees’ contributions to the Federal Employees Retirement System by half a percentage point. (TPM doesn’t say how many times the contribution would be hiked, but all previous discussions about contribution hikes have revolved around increases for three years.) This would be 0.1 percentage points more than the White House proposed earlier this week.
And the GOP leadership is also reportedly looking at upping new employees’ contributions to 4 percent of pay, instead of the current FERS contribution rate of 0.8 percent.
TPM also lists other ideas, which have each been floated at one time or another over the last year:
- Eliminating pensions for all new employees, saving $4.9 billion.
- Cutting the federal work force.
- Eliminating cost-of-living increases for federal workers. This would essentially extend the partial two-year pay freeze, which holds pay scales where they were in 2010, but does not touch step increases.
September 23rd, 2011 at 5:27 pm
Has anyone asked Mr. Issa or his colleagues about giving up any of THEIR benefits?
September 23rd, 2011 at 7:55 pm
While these cronies in Washington are scheming to see how much they can remove from the working federal sectors they are in the dark of night constantly stuffing their pockets with endless perks voted to them. I have given 30 years of hard and dedicated work to the government and feel I deserve some respect and gratitude.
Between their hair dressers and memberships to the health clubs they almost waste the same as my salary for 1 year that is an extreme but their perks are so over the top that we can not begin to imagine or believe what they all receive.
September 25th, 2011 at 3:02 pm
issa is full of all these bright ideas on how to save money by taking money from hard working people that can’t afford anymore cuts…yet he gets free health insurance and other perks that he doesnt deserve while we struggle just to make ends meet…make these politicians cut out all their perks and im sure we will save a ton of money…
September 25th, 2011 at 3:04 pm
I guess Congress will continue to get their salary increases and budget increases while everyone on the GS scale will get screw. All the SES’s will get to keep their jobs, salaries, raises, benefits, etc.
September 26th, 2011 at 10:10 am
GSSystem/Step increases is the only way to be fair besides the military’s rank structure. i have worked an organization where only a select few received raises and new hires were given hire compensation. When it was brought to management ‘s attention their answer was they were out of money. This occured in an office where the men were paid more than the women for the same amount of work.(private sector) It also occured in State Government.
GS/Step process is the only way to have control, fairness, and guarantee for equal work for equal pay.
Erik Ikels Says:
December 5th, 2011 at 6:29 pm
No cost of living increase? So a new gov employee working in SF getting say a GS-5 salary is going to live on $28,000? Good luck getting any new hires in high-cost of living places.
Walt Price Says:
February 1st, 2012 at 10:49 am
Is’nt Rep Issa the wealthiest of congressmen? And the republicans say they aren’t waging class warfare. Humph, must think we all fell of the turnip truck!
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