“They get your attention and may save money, but they’re probably more trouble than they’re worth,” Causey said.
Causey said he thinks some lawmakers will still propose a furlough, but having a two-year pay freeze “takes a lot of the sting” out of the argument for a furlough.
Impact on hiring and retiring A freeze puts government at a disadvantage when trying to recruit the best and brightest.
Feds who are stepping up a grade level will receive that raise from the promotion, Miller said. OMB tells Federal News Radio that step increases and within-grade increases will not be affected by the pay freeze.
Causey said a freeze will encouraged people who can retire to hang onto their jobs because they see how bad the economy is.
“The irony is this (pay freeze) may further reduce retirement,” Causey said.
Two-year freeze would be unprecedented Other presidents have proposed pay freezes but did not have congressional approval.