Mikulski Praises President's Proposed Cost-Of-Living Adjustment for Federal Employees in 2015

Announcement follows first COLA in four years that Chairwoman Mikulski fought to permit and pay for in the recently-passed Consolidated Appropriations Act

February 24, 2014

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today praised President Obama's proposal for a one percent Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for civilian federal employees in 2015.    

"I'm pleased that President Obama has proposed a COLA for federal employees in 2015. This modest COLA would go a long way in further recognizing the value of federal employees and help bring to a close years of pay freezes," Senator Mikulski said. "I'm proud to fight on the front lines on behalf of federal employee pay just as federal employees work on the front lines each and every day on behalf of the American people. Federal employees have been undervalued and underappreciated for too long. Each and every day, federal employees stand up for America. That's why I will continue to stand up for federal employees."  

As Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski fought to end a four year pay freeze for federal employees by making sure the final agreement to reopen the federal government in October would permit the President to implement his plan for a one-percent COLA for federal employees on the GS Pay Scale. That COLA took effect on January 1, 2014.

Ending the pay freeze for blue-collar federal workers covered by the Federal Wage System required additional legislation. Senator Mikulski made sure it was specifically enacted in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014. And Senator Mikulski also ensured the recently-passed spending law put funds in the federal checkbook to pay for the one-percent COLA for both GS and wage-grade federal employees.  

Maryland is home to the headquarters of 20 major federal agencies, from the Social Security Administration to the Food and Drug Administration. More than 300,000 federal employees and retirees live and work in Maryland, serving the nation and serving the world.