Republican Representative Darrell Issa has been making a big deal lately over the notion that federal worker pay has supposedly been rising from 2010 to 2012. His “infographic”:
I have no idea whether Issa’s claim is actually true, because he does not cite any source. However, even if this claim is true in the sense of nominal dollars, it represents an effective pay cut, not a pay increase. Given the average federal worker pay in 2012 and the rising cost of living from 2010 to 2012, the inflation-adjusted change in average annual federal worker pay would be a cut of $563.
Even if Issa’s numbers are accurate, from 2010 to 2012, when we take into account the cost of living federal workers are being compensated slightly less for their work, not more. Issa left this bit out of his angry blue infographic.