Biden orders 2.7% pay raise for civilian feds

The pay hike was included in the administration's 2022 budget and takes effect early next year.

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President Joe Biden told Congress on Friday that he will give civilian federal employees a 2.2% base pay hike plus a 0.5% increase in locality pay.

The adjustment takes effect in the first pay period that starts Jan. 1, 2022. It affects civilian federal employees working under the general schedule.

The planned 2.7% increase was included in the administration's budget.

Some House Democrats have been pressing for a 3.2% increase, but so far appropriations bills have been silent on the subject of pay, leaving space for Biden to offer an "alternative pay plan" under administrative authority.

Ken Thomas, the president of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, greeted the move saying that "the market-value 2.7 pay increase is a welcome change after the nominal 1% increase federal employees were provided in 2021, one that fell far short of what they deserved for the essential work many carried out on behalf of the American people throughout a global pandemic."