Federal employee attitudes toward their leaders are a major influence on job satisfaction and commitment, and have a significant impact on performance as well as the ability of agencies to fulfill their critical missions and to provide quality service to the American people.
President Obama issued a strong defense of federal employees in the budget he released Wednesday, along with something they have not seen lately – a pay raise. The 1 percent raise for 2014 isn’t much, but it’s better than the three-year freeze on their basic pay rates that continues through the end of the year. If the 1 percent hike is little standing alone, it is even less when coupled with another proposal to increase employee pension contributions with no increase in benefits.
The budget plan released by President Barack Obama on Wednesday includes a renewed proposal to hike the pension contributions of government employees, angering federal worker groups who say they’re already being hit with furloughs and pay-rate freezes as Washington wrestles over spending.
As one of the country’s largest and oldest conservative advocacy groups, the American Conservative Union has long fought to rein in federal spending and limit the size of government. But behind the scenes, the group has formed a partnership with business lobbyists to tame the activists who have pushed Republican leaders in Congress to adopt some of the most austere spending limits in decades