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President Joe Biden is giving federal workers a 5.2% federal pay increase next year, the White House said on Thursday.
Biden wrote a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate to officially set the raise in motion. The federal government's new fiscal year begins Oct. 1.
It's the most significant base pay increase for federal employees in nearly four decades. The across-the-board pay increase will be 4.7 percent and locality pay increases will average an additional 0.5%, starting Jan. 1.
In comparison, salaries for private sector workers rose by an average of 4.6 percent in 2023.
'We must attract, recruit, and retain a skilled workforce with fair compensation in order to keep our government running, deliver services, and meet our nation's challenges today and tomorrow,' Biden said in a statement.
The president introduced his plan for a 5.2% pay increase in March in his budget proposal.
Congress could still block it through the budget process.
Biden has pushed federal employees to be back in the office following the work-from-home policies implemented during COVID.
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