I am a long-term govie, I have come to accept that we won't be getting a pay raise any time soon. Even if we do, a .5% increase is hardly worth the aggravation of getting it through Congress. New employees can still get longevity (step) increases and promotions, so they at least have some hope. Long-term employees can only hope to make it to retirement before that is taken away as well. What's important is to try to ignore the constant criticism and focus on trying to make a contribution.