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Federal employees get pay raise via Obama's executive order

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President Barack Obama has signed an executive order on Monday – during his Hawaiian vacation – to set civilian and military pay rates for the coming year, according to Yahoo! News on Monday.

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The measure gives the government’s civilian workers their first pay raise in four years, according to the report. The pay increase for the military and civilian employees will be 1 percent in 2014, which is what the president proposed earlier this year.

The order had to be signed prior to the New Year because federal agencies need to update their payment systems before Jan. 1, 2014.

Congress had the opportunity to refuse authorization for the increases on two or more occasions in the past, including the time when Congress passed a two-year budget agreement in December. However, the Congress chose not to do so.

While the federal civilian workers have experienced a three-year wage-freeze, military employees have had a salary increase every year since Obama became president in 2009.

While federal employee unions have praised the modest increase, the fact is that the latest annual inflation rate for the county was 1.2 percent for the past year and 2.1 percent the year before.

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