OPM: Systems workers will also get raise

Computer engineers, scientists and specialists will receive the same pay increase as the rest of the government, even though these employees already get a special pay rate.

President Bush recently signed an executive order authorizing the 3.5 percent pay raise.

'There has been some concern'for what reasons I don't know'within the IT community about whether these workers would be eligible for the pay raise,' said Mike Orenstein, an Office of Personnel Management spokesman. 'Because of this concern, director Kay Coles James decided to notify the chief human capital officers that she will authorize an across-the-board increase.'

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