The Senate is proposing a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2011 that includes a two-year pay freeze for federal employees.
The proposed pay freeze would begin Jan. 1 and end Dec. 31, 2012.
The Senate bill states, “No senior executive or senior-level employee may receive an increase in his or her rate of basic pay absent a change of position that results in a substantial increase in responsibility, or a promotion.”
The Senate bill is an omnibus bill that would change appropriation amounts. A Senate bill summary states that a CR fails to cut $10.2 billion in “wasteful, poor performing, or terminated military programs.”
Both bills, however, include the two-year pay freeze, making that provision all but a done deal. Lawmakers’ actions come after President Obama submitted a proposal for a two-year pay freeze.
The Senate bill does not include any discussion of a freeze on performance or step increases. However, the omnibus does protect against furloughs or a reduction in force among agencies by allocating $1.3 billion. The funding can also be used to ensure legislatively-mandated programs can continue if money runs short.
Other highlights of the omnibus bill include:
$17 million for performance improvement initiatives, including funding the Chief Information Officers, Chief Financial Officers, Chief Acquisition Officers, Chief Human Capital Officers and the Performance Improvement councils.
An additional $10 million to increase the acquisition workforce capacity of the Department of Homeland Security
$77.6 million for the General Services Administration’s Office of Governmentwide Policy,, including the Office of High Performance Green Buildings
$20 million for the E-Government Fund to expand “innovative uses of the Internet and other electronic methods,” and for initiatives such as cloud computing.
Federal News Radio’s Jolie Lee contributed to this story.