President Issues Order to End Federal Pay Freeze in Spring

President Barack Obama has issued an executive order that would end the two-year civilian federal employee pay freeze in the spring.

The order would also implement a 0.5 percent across-the-board salary increase that would begin the first pay period after March 27, 2013. Previously, the White House had issued an order that would extend the current pay freeze until March 27.

President Obama and Congress had agreed in the fall to continue the freeze until the end of the current continuing resolution, which lawmakers passed in September. The $1.047 trillion CR funds the government through March 27.

John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management, issued a memorandum last week providing guidance on the formal increase delay.

“Absent any intervening change in law, after the expiration of the [continuing] resolution, agencies may grant increases in pay schedules and general increases in covered employees’ rates of pay in accordance with their administration discretion.”

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