The White House says President Barack Obama will propose a 1 percent pay raise next year for federal workers.
Distinctly unpopular among voters and a scant presence in most congressional districts, federal workers have become an easy target in the hunt for budget savings.
Even with outreach coming from all corners of the community, furloughed federal workers are starting to sweat in week three of the partial federal government shutdown.
Georgetown University is offering free classes to federal workers who are furloughed because of the government shutdown.
A partial government shutdown enters its fifth day, with Congress convening for a session that promises no progress in breaking the impasse but will at least offer back pay to furloughed federal workers.
More than a third of federal workers would be told to stay home if the government shuts down. A shutdown could hit as early as Tuesday.