Pay remains at 2010 levels but some lawmakers seek deeper freeze

Tuesday - 12/20/2011, 6:52pm EST

Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief, Government Executive

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Federal pay will remain frozen in 2012. A routine White House executive order this week, setting out next year's civilian pay rates made that all too clear.

But that may not be the end of of the story.

Some members of Congress want to freeze it longer and chip away at federal benefits as a way to pay for extending the Social Security payroll tax cut.

Tom Shoop, the editor-in-chief of Government Executive, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss new ways federal pay and benefits could be on the chopping block.