WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- President Bush plans to call for a 3 percent pay increase for federal employees and the U.S. military in his budget, a top administration official said.
Clay Johnson III, deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, said the 3 percent figure was arrived at in independent estimates by the Defense Department and by presidential advisers on civilian pay, The Washington Post reported. It is based on the Labor Department's estimate of pay increases in the private sector, the Employment Cost Index.
Currently, most money allocated to civilian pay raises goes to across-the-board hikes, with a smaller portion compensating for regional differences in the labor market.
Johnson said that the president will ask Congress to add raises aimed at hiring and retaining employees in some occupations. Bush made the same proposal last year, but Congress did not follow through.
Bush's proposed budget for fiscal 2008 is to be released Monday.