President Obama's Executive Order Raises Government Worker Salaries By 1%

Tyler Durden's picture

As the non-government worker 'slaves' away, working 80 hours straight at Toys'r'Us, or earning an 'unlivable' wage at McDonalds, President Obama as used an executive order to activate a 1% pay raise for all government workers. As the WSJ reports, the 4.4 milion federal employees are receiving their first across-the-board pay bump since a 2% increase in January 2010 (though notably agency directors must meet this cost within their existing budgets - not collecting any new funds to pay for it). Of course, even by government statistical standards, this is still not keeping up with inflation, but hey, it's better than nothing.


Via WSJ,

Federal employees in January will get their first across-the-board pay raise in several years, as President Barack Obama moved Monday to activate a 1% increase for all government workers.


The increase came by an executive order and was expected. The raise was requested by the White House earlier in the year and Congress didn’t take the necessary steps to prevent it from taking place.




The Obama administration in previous years agreed to freeze the pay of federal employees as part of the ongoing deficit-reduction fights in Congress.


It’s the first across-the-board pay bump for federal employees since federal employees received a 2% increase in January 2010. Federal employees were able to collect bonuses, overtime and promotion pay raises.


Federal agencies must accommodate the pay increases within their budgets and they do not collect additional funds because of Mr. Obama’s order.

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kensdad's picture

Because what's a few billion more added to the deficit when it's already $17 trillion?

Xibalba's picture

they found the extra cash by cutting unemployment and food to the poor and expecting mothers last week. 

PR Guy's picture



Enough. I'm quitting for the holiday.

I've made the traditional Christmas Eve curry and now I'm going to settle down to watch some cartoons and drink.


krispkritter's picture

Meanwhile the Briber in Chief is squatting in Hawaii, land of his birth(yeah right), on the taxpayer dime.  I'll be praying for a volcano to erupt in his presence...


Merry Christmas ZH'ers!  I'm knocking off for the day as well...

BKbroiler's picture

aren't we all government workers now?  Bernanke is the boss of bosses.

Surly Bear's picture

That isn't the 1% they were looking for.... *Jedi hand move*

Colonel Klink's picture

Wouldn't matter, he'd just slither aboard Air Farce One and burn another million dollars of evil petroleum fuel saving his worthless fascist ass, while complaining about the green house gasses being emitted by the volcano.

Ban KKiller's picture

Bong hits and SilverCoin Tequila. Then dinner with ladies...

Clever Name's picture

Oak leaves and md 20/20 for me, then scroungin through trash with my fellow bums.

JailBank's picture

They got the extra money from cutting pension obligations to wounded troops.

Dr. No's picture

They used money saved from reduced maternity claims due to Obamacare sanctioned abortions.

insanelysane's picture

"they found the extra cash by cutting unemployment and food to the poor and expecting mothers last week"

You think that at least half of the government is run by angry white men and they are supported by about 40% of the population which are greedy, evil misers that want to keep the money that they already have and the income they make.

You are probably correct and if you are, why is your life plan to convince these people to pay for you to not work and to feed babies that aren't theirs?

This came to mind when during the gov shut down the MSM had countless single mothers complaining that they could feed their kids because of the greedy Repubs.

BTW, I don't support either party and I strive every day to not have to rely on either side to protect and feed my kids.

Shizzmoney's picture

They also didn't raise the wage mins for those contracted to work in federal buildings.

But that would screw with those corporations' profit margins.  The same ones that Obama probably owns in his portfolio.

Dr. No's picture

The article indicated it was zero sum.

Fred Hayek's picture

Well, yes, it is, in a way.
You see, this means a large sum of money will be taken from taxpayers and given to people in the protected bureaucratic class who have provided zero benefit to the economy in their entire working lifetimes. Zero sum.

Dr. No's picture

Junkers have reading comprehension issues here at ZH.  Typical day at ZH.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Don't be so hard on us. We were taught to read by tenured government employees.

Magically Delicious's picture

It might be zero sum this year, but these pay raises are permanently baked into the cake. My father is about to retire under the old (Pre-1984) Federal retirement system so he will get 80% of the extra $1,600 per year for the rest of his life, not just this year.

Jumbotron's picture

Nothing changes until mass 1,000,000,000 man marches shuts the bastards out of their own offices.  Nothing changes until there are live helicopter shots of thousands of people in concentration camps because the jails are all full.

In short.....until you stop being part of the system because you BELIEVE you have a vested interest in it.......then nothing changes.

There's a reason that doctors don't play patty cake with cancer cells in your body.....even though they contain YOUR DNA and all they want is to do what your other cells do.....namely live.

No.....the doctor nukes them with radiation, they drop chemical weapons on them, they shoot high energy proton beams at them, and they cut them out with bladed weapons.

Sometimes even these extreme measure don't work.  But you don't kill cancer if you don't go to these extremes.  And IF you don't go to these extremes.....most of the time you are as sure as dead.

The question now you care enough to do what it takes?

Don't get me wrong.......there comes a time when you know things are terminal and there is no point in fighting.  I'm at that point.  I don't care whether America lives or dies.  But to those of you who bitch and moan on this site......see how successful anyone was, who was WILLING to fight their cancer, at bitching and moaning their cancer away.

I should know.....I fought it the first time with radiation and chemo and won.  With a lot of damage though.   The next time.....depends on how set in it is when I discover it.  I may just decide to let it be and keep my family's money with the family and not Obamacare's pocket.

JLee2027's picture

How is he spending money without Congress passing a bill? Executive Orders have no authority under the Constitution.

StychoKiller's picture

No extra Munny is being spent, it's just getting shuffled around.

Overfed's picture

The fine folks employed by the DHS gestapo say: "Danke, mein Fuhrer!" "Heil O'bomb-a!"

unwashedmass's picture


Jesus Christ. You have 50 million folks now eating courtesy of food stamps due to the criminal dealings of the major banks hosing the American public....which the government does NOTHING to stop......

and now they give themselves a raise....

brings new meaning to "let them eat cake" doesn't it? 

curbjob's picture

The good germans are being acknowledged, particularly the folks at the NSA.

KickIce's picture

Don't forget Homeland Security and the IRS, somebody's gonna have to run the FEMA camps.

Oldwood's picture

Think of it more as a bonus for a job well done.

tarsubil's picture

I love it. Government workers have to pay more into a pension plan and get a 1% pay increase. It'll be funny if they end up taking home less next year.

The thing is many government employees have gotten raises in the last 3 years from automatic step increases or automatic promotions. There are just so many lies and this is such a mess. Bleh.

RKDS's picture

Not all of them.  That the problem with stupid blanket statements from private (real or nominal) sector actors who don't know anything about the public sector.

Overfed's picture

All Federal employees, especially those employed by agencies that are identified by an acronym, deserve a 100% pay cut.

PR Guy's picture



Enough. I'm quitting for the holiday.

I've made the traditional Christmas Eve curry and now I'm going to settle down to watch some cartoons and drink.



mc225's picture

curry and cartoons sounds pretty good. take it easay

Stoploss's picture

That's alright, he is soaking up just slightly less than one percent Plutonium.

Normalcy Bias's picture

If he really wanted to make them happy he would have issued them a permanent exemption from Obamacare...

unwashedmass's picture

you really don't get it, do you? 

they have government healthcare....they are not impacted by Obamacare. 

turn off the Fox info, and get the real facts.....the "government employees" that are so pissed about being forced into ObamaCare are the Congress' staffs.......the folks working in the home offices who are their employees, not govt employees........

suddenly THEY have to pay what we peons in the individual market have had to pay for years.......

and its a wake up call. 

I'm loving it. been screwed/raped/bled dry in this individual market for years.......loving that these people are getting exposed to the insurance monster they created....

and i hope the whole fucking thing collapses in a steaming heap

Normalcy Bias's picture

You self-contradict in your post, plus the bold = FAIL. Sorry, try again...

Mercury's picture

It's so much easier to make good laws when you have a king.

So it has been spoken, so it shall be done.

Dr. No's picture

though notably agency directors must meet this cost within their existing budgets - not collecting any new funds to pay for it

Then I support this.  If this results in 1% taken from the operating budgets of the CIA, NSA, DMV, TSA, and what ever else and put that in the pocket of human being, then this is good.

Stockmonger's picture

Food stamps reduced 1% to feed program administrators.

Normalcy Bias's picture

And lo, the Lord sayeth "let there be more bread for thy army of drones," and so it shall be...

22winmag's picture

If the 1% pay increase must come from existing budgets that means fewer latex gloves for the TSA and less ammo for DHS.

G.O.O.D's picture

When are people on this board ever going to acknowledge the fvking gov creates the money when  ever they want. THERE IS NO BUDGET YOU FVKIN MORONS! They will not go without in any fed program  including bullets, jet fighters, drone strikes, cluster bombs, they have an unlimited printing press. Please quit with the idea there is any fiscal policy in place.. you are showing your ignorance.

Ms. Erable's picture

Fail. There is no budget, but USG does not create money; it sells UST's (mostly to the Fed) or steals from the 52% or so that actually have to work for a living.

G.O.O.D's picture

Oh gee, EXCUSE me. Wtf is the difference? Paper is paper is bits is bytes. Give me a break. Look, if the gov needs more bombs, the gov gets more bombs, HOW  they do is of no consequence.

Ms. Erable's picture

The difference is USG is making you a slave to a private banking institution (to which it is beholden) to enrich itself and its cronies, and making you pay for the tools of your own enslavement. You've been here 3+ years and you don't know this basic shit?

WTF, indeed.

Overfed's picture

I still have to work my life away to obtain that paper, or those bits and bytes. When I receive them, there is a .gov jackboot standing there in body armor and holding a machine gun demanding his cut.

Atomizer's picture

Bullish on new EBT card manufactures.

Ms. Erable's picture

The bureuacracy must expand to fulfill the ever-expanding needs of the bureauacracy.