As a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, Congressman Connolly is a passionate and effective advocate for active and retired federal employees.
He has repeatedly introduced legislation to provide a pay raise to federal employees. In the last several years, federal workers have endured a three-year wage freeze, five years without locality pay, wage-reducing furloughs, sequester cuts, a government shutdown, and incurred more than $182 billion in pay and benefit cuts. As a result, employee morale has taken a hit and federal wages have lagged far behind the private sector.
Unfortunately, in recent Congresses, federal employees have been demonized, demoralized, and asked to sacrifice more than most any group. Congressman Connolly believes that by investing in the federal government’s most valuable resource - its talented workforce - we can begin to repair the significant damage that has been wrought on our overworked, underpaid, and underappreciated career civil servants.
Congressman Connolly hosts an annual forum for federal employees to help them understand their benefits and make changes to their health plans during the federal government’s Open Season. He welcomes federal employees to contact his district office if they are experiencing problems with the administration of their benefits at 703-256-3071.