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(Editor’s note: Stories about President Obama’s actions on federal pay consistently ranked as some of our most-read stories of the year. For the sake of this “top 10,” we’ve consolidated them as one item.)
President Barack Obama gave federal employees a small parting gift by increasing the pay raise for civilian agency employees so that it equals that of Defense Department employees.
Obama sent a new letter to Congress Dec. 8 saying he is directing all agencies to give employees a 2.1 percent pay raise for fiscal 2017. The new order supersedes the one he signed on Nov. 29 calling for a 1.6 percent pay raise for next year when combined with locality pay.
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Jory Heckman is a reporter at Federal News Network covering U.S. Postal Service, IRS, big data and technology issues. Follow @jheckmanWFED