As we face the presidential elections, in 2012, federal employees are wondering what to expect in regards to the workforce. The question cannot be answered at present because it certainly depends on who is elected as our new leader. If President Obama is re-elected he is hoping to give a small raise to federal workers after he imposed a pay freeze for two years in 2010. The pay increase would be quite minimal at 0.5 per cent. However, military personnel would see a pay increase of 1.7 per cent in 2013.Although the federal workforce has been under a pay freeze they have still been able to receive grade step increases. These amount to an average of $2,000. On the other hand, if Mitt Romney is elected president the Republicans have vowed to target the grade step increase. Step increases would not be offered and the Republicans say this would help in cutting federal spending.Although any change in hiring reform is still in the works, the president’s budget proposes that the federal government will not see a large increase. It is estimated that the workforce would grow by 0.1 per cent. This would increase the federal workforce to 2.1 million.Mitt Romney has also declared that he wants a halt to favoritism toward organized labor, as he says President Obama has done, and placing more emphasis on businesses. He is also opposed to a continued bailing out of any companies in the future. This could have some effect on the workforce as the outcome, according to Romney, would be to reduce deficit spending, in turn this would put more of a hold on the current workforce whereby there would be fewer new people hired.One of the most significant issues will come about, if Romney is elected president, if he follows his pledge of reducing federal employment by 10 per cent. This would definitely have an effect on hiring reform as it suggests that more than 200,000 federal employees would be relieved of their job. This reform, however, would obviously put more people out of work as well as increase the number of people standing in unemployment lines.Democrat, or Republican, it is clear that there will be a change in the workforce as we face the elections in a few months. Chances are, however, that this will not be one of the major issues in the campaign.