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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 12/17/2010

Pay freeze could heat things up at the exits

By Joe Davidson
Ed O'Keefe

Actions have consequences. One unintended consequence of the two-year pay freeze President Obama asked Congress to impose on federal workers is the impact it may have on higher income employees and those eligible to retire.

The freeze could be the push they need to say good-bye to Uncle Sam and take their talents elsewhere.

"There's already a lot of pay compression at the top of the pay scale," said Max Stier, president and chief executive of the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit organization that focuses on federal workforce issues. Their income level may sound good, he added, "but a lot of those people have alternatives that pay a lot more." (The Washington Post and the partnership have a content-sharing relationship.)

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By Joe Davidson  | December 17, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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Comments

This is a good thing. There are too many overpaid bureaucrats just running out the clock to retirement.

It also gives a great chance for those who claim to be underpaid to put up or shut up.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | December 17, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

The people who think this is a good idea will be the people complaining when something governmental doesn't get done perfectly with amazing speed.

Posted by: DragonofAnger | December 17, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Nothing governmental gets done perfectly with amazing speed. Cleaning out some of the dead wood can only help.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | December 17, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

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