The now-three year pay freeze has squeezed federal employees in many ways, and student loans are just one of the many burdens thousands of feds face. One federal employee, Jessica Stroop, is hoping to draw the White House’s attention to this issue with a We the People online petition.
The petition, which was launched April 2, calls for the government to reduce the balance of feds’ federal student loans by 2.2 percent for each year federal pay scales have been frozen, and for any future years of frozen pay. Stroop settled on 2.2 because it’s the average of the last two pay raises in 2009 and 2010.
It only has 10 signatures so far — well short of the 100,000 needed for it to garner a response from the White House. But Stroop hopes concerned federal employees will spread the word between now and the deadline of May 3.