The U.S. government is paying $8.4 billion in wage and salary benefits to 1.2 million information workers.
The government announced the pay raise in a statement Thursday.
The move follows the release of a report by the government’s Office of Personnel Management last year that found there were “substantial gaps” in the way the federal government hires workers and how many people they are recruiting for.
The report found that the number of people in the federal workforce is falling rapidly.
The federal government is already paying a wage increase for workers, but the pay increase will go a long way toward meeting the workforce needs of the 2020s, the OPM said.