FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 29, 2010
Contact: Sarah Howe
202-775-9111

PARTNERSHIP FOR PUBLIC SERVICE STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S PLAN TO FREEZE FEDERAL PAY

WASHINGTON –Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service today released the following statement in response to President Obama’s announcement that pay for federal workers will remain static for 2011 and 2012.

“Clearly, we need to make hard choices to restore our nation’s fiscal health. Everyone, including federal employees, must shoulder some of the burden – but Americans should be reminded of the importance of the federal workforce in resolving the multifaceted crises that face our nation. Federal employees are working to restore our economic position, foil terrorist plots, and provide services to those Americans who are suffering most in our struggling economy.

We should not be overcompensating federal employees for the work that they do, but neither should we risk losing critical talent by undercompensating the highly skilled employees needed to carry out mission-critical activities. Across the board freezes or cuts are rarely the best management choices, because they avoid the real evaluation that ought to be done. We urge the Administration and Congress to review the current compensation system and devise one that is more market-sensitive, so Americans can be assured its workforce is appropriately compensated.”

The Partnership for Public Service works to revitalize the federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works.

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The Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works.

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