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  • When it comes to pay, size matters

    01/22/2011 10:11:12 AM PST · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 19 replies
    Star Tribune via Miami Herald ^ | 01.19.11 | Amelia Rayno
    MINNEAPOLIS -- If you are a woman, you should be extremely thin; if you are a man, you should be big and strong. And while we’ve grown accustomed to seeing studies that such stereotypes play out in the workplace — overweight and obese women, for example, have a harder time ascending the career staircase — a recent study has found that a worker’s girth can have an appreciable impact on the size of their paycheck. The study found that thin women are paid significantly more than their average-size counterparts, while heavier women make less. Skinnier-than-average men, on the other hand,...
  • Uncle Sam is Hiring!

    01/14/2011 6:32:02 AM PST · by Poundstone · 19 replies
    AJC ^ | Jan. 13, 2011 | Laura Raines
    Uncle Sam wants you -- to work for the federal government. Government agencies need to add about 193,000 new employees to fill "mission critical" jobs in many fields in the next two years, according to a report from the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit organization that seeks to revitalize the federal government. That’s good news for job seekers who have the patience and stamina to plow through the cumbersome federal hiring process.
  • Pay freezes put Air Force Civilians in Flux (one consequence of federal pay freeze)

    01/07/2011 6:01:12 AM PST · by Poundstone · 57 replies
    Fedsmith ^ | December 7, 2011 | Robert F. Dorr
    Today is the day to say thanks to an unsung group in the Air Force: civilian employees. The Air Force wouldn’t run as smoothly if it weren’t for those 173,013 dedicated workers. They perform an incredible range of duties, from managing information technology systems to maintaining aircraft. Civilian employees are going to face tougher times in the coming year. They’re looking at a two-year pay freeze that President Obama wants to impose to reduce the federal deficit. Some will fight that battle with the help of the American Federation of Government Employees, a union, and professional societies; others, though, have...
  • Public pension crisis has tragic consequences

    12/31/2010 9:43:04 AM PST · by eagles · 62 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12-31-2010 | Mark Hemingway
    Mark Hemingway: America's public pension crisis has tragic consequences By: Mark Hemingway 12/26/10 8:05 PM When the police found the body of the town's 58-year-old retired fire marshal, the lights had been turned off in his house and he had no running water. He had no money to pay his bills and he was too proud to accept help from his neighbors. Perhaps because he was so proud, the New York Times was polite enough not to use the fire marshal's name in their account of his death. Welcome to Pritchard, Ala., where the public employee pension checks just stopped...
  • Alabama Town’s Failed Pension Is a Warning

    12/23/2010 7:06:05 AM PST · by Poundstone · 61 replies · 2+ views
    CNBC ^ | December 23, 2010 | Michael Cooper and Mary Williams Walsh
    This struggling small city on the outskirts of Mobile was warned for years that if it did nothing, its pension fund would run out of money by 2009. Right on schedule, its fund ran dry. Then Prichard did something that pension experts say they have never seen before: it stopped sending monthly pension checks to its 150 retired workers, breaking a state law requiring it to pay its promised retirement benefits in full.
  • Why Are Americans So Eager to Cut Government Salaries?

    12/23/2010 7:02:39 AM PST · by Poundstone · 75 replies
    Atlantic ^ | December 21, 2010 | Derek Thompson
    Americans don't agree on much when it comes to fixing the budget, but they agree on this: They're paying government workers too much money. In an October Washington Post poll, the only major deficit-busting proposal called "totally acceptable" by a majority of respondents was to freeze the salaries of public sector employees. The president must have been reading the Post that day, because Obama's latest concession to conservatives on the deficit was a two-year pay freeze for government workers. If the president's plan gave Americans the idea that cutting public sector pay was worthwhile, conservative politicians have piled on to...
  • Temporary Spending Bill Contains Pay Freeze for Federal Employees

    12/20/2010 5:52:47 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 14 replies · 1+ views
    FedSmith.com ^ | 20 December 2010 | FedSmith.com
    A continuing resolution that would fund the government through March 4, 2011 and freeze federal worker pay will be the subject of a vote in the Senate early Tuesday morning according to The Hill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has filed a motion to end debate on a continuing resolution that would fund the federal government through March 4. The Senate bill is a substitute to the House-passed continuing resolution that would have funded the government through September 30 and included changes to funding sought by the Obama administration. The 36-page bill provides a small increase of $1.16 billion...
  • THOSE OVER-WORKED, UNDER-PAID MN STATE EMPLOYEES

    12/21/2010 8:17:23 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Anoka County Watchdog ^ | 12-20-10 | harold hamilton
    Governor Pawlenty ignited a firestorm of public employee outrage and indignation this week when he rightly called them out for their oversized paychecks and gold-plated benefits. So what's the truth regarding AFSCME employees? What kind of pay and benefits do they get? Should they indeed be exempt from furloughs?
  • Public Servants Feel Sting of Budget Rancor

    12/21/2010 5:53:45 AM PST · by Poundstone · 82 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 21, 2010 | Karen Tumulty and Ed O'Keefe
    (snip) Relative job security with generous benefits that extend into retirement has long been part of the appeal of working for the government. But an eight-hour day in a drab Independence Avenue office building can look like a supremely privileged lifestyle when Americans in the private sector are panicked and furious over what has happened to their own salaries, health coverage and 401 (k)s. Add to that the growing view that the government has gotten too big and that deficits are going to swallow the economy, and you have all the makings of a backlash.
  • Federal pay freeze? Here's the flip side

    12/19/2010 7:30:57 PM PST · by Poundstone · 114 replies · 1+ views
    CSM ^ | December 17, 2010 | Peter Grier
    Are federal bureaucrats overpaid? Lots of nonfederal bureaucrats think so. Upward of two-thirds of US voters approve of President Obama’s recent proposal to freeze feds’ wages for two years, polls show. We won’t take a position on that, other than to say we know many government workers who earn every dollar of their salary. But we will note this: Not too long ago, the big policy question regarding federal employees was not whether they made too much but whether they made too little.
  • Muslim employees of D.C. hotel say they were barred fromfloors where Israelis stayed

    12/15/2010 2:22:52 PM PST · by Nachum · 69 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/15/10 | Tara Bahrampour
    Muslim employees of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington said they felt discriminated against after being barred over the weekend from floors where an Israeli delegation was staying, a Muslim advocacy group said. One hotel worker whose duties involve going to all the hotel's floors said he was preparing for his shift Friday when his supervisor told him to steer clear of the eighth and ninth floors, where Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and his delegation had booked rooms. "I said, 'Why?' said the worker, who is Muslim and wanted to remain unidentified to protect his job. He said his...
  • Blanket pay-scale freeze for federal employees fails to address underlying issues

    12/13/2010 6:00:12 AM PST · by Poundstone · 10 replies
    Fedsmith ^ | December 12, 2010 | None
    Congress is likely to pass President Obama's proposed two-year freeze on the federal employee pay scale. Federal employees are an easy target, but in truth the impact of this freeze is not as broad as it would appear. For starters, this is not a freeze on most federal wages. It is a freeze on the federal wage scale. And because many employees are rewarded for time on the job with step increases, and for their performance with promotions, few federal workers will go without raises over this two-year period. In fact, according to a Federal Times analysis, 75 percent of...
  • President Obama Signs Telework Bill into Law (for federal employees)

    12/10/2010 6:36:20 AM PST · by Poundstone · 11 replies
    Fedsmith ^ | December 9, 2010 | Ian Smith
    HR 1722 was signed into law by President Obama Thursday afternoon. Also known as the Telework Enhancement Act, the bill aims to increase the work-at-home opportunities for federal employees. The bill instructs federal agencies to come up with better defined policies to promote telework. Some of its key features are that it requires each agency head to: * Establish a policy under which eligible agency employees may be authorized to telework * Determine employee eligibility to participate in telework * Notify all employees of their eligibility to telework
  • Most employers expect to give pay raises next year, Mercer survey finds

    12/08/2010 10:40:12 AM PST · by Poundstone · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Mercer LLC ^ | August 3, 2010 | Mercer LLC
    According to Mercer’s 2010/2011 US Compensation Planning Survey, more than 98% of companies plan to award base pay increases in 2011. Moreover, just 2% of companies are planning across-the-board salary freezes next year compared to 13% in 2010 and 31% in 2009.
  • For Federal Employees, a Feeling of Being Targets in the Budget Wars

    12/06/2010 7:59:25 AM PST · by Poundstone · 96 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 5, 2010 | Ashley Parker
    WASHINGTON — Iyauta Moore may be many things — a single mother raised by a single mother in the South Bronx, a 34-year-old woman with a master’s degree in public administration from American University, a top-level government employee who makes a little over $100,000 a year — but she bristles at the notion that she is just another overpaid, underworked, cosseted bureaucrat. “What I do here involves creating something that doesn’t exist,” she said of her job at the Department of Education, where she is establishing a group to help oversee all of the department’s grants. “That’s not pushing paper.”...
  • 5 Myths About Federal Workers

    12/05/2010 8:35:17 AM PST · by Poundstone · 210 replies · 6+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | December 5, 2010 | Max Stier
    1The notion that federal workers consistently earn higher salaries than comparable private-sector workers has become an accepted truth. Conservative think tanks, including the Cato Institute, make much of data that does not offer fair comparisons of similar public-sector and private-sector jobs or account for how experience and education affect pay. A pediatrician with a small practice in Des Moines and a doctor at the National Institutes of Health who is leading a team of 50 researchers trying to cure cancer both provide health care, for example, but we shouldn't expect that they be paid the same.
  • Obama's pay freeze for federal workers only limits raises

    12/01/2010 7:57:20 AM PST · by Poundstone · 19 replies
    Fedsmith ^ | Dec. 1, 2010 | Dennis Cauchon
    Many federal workers would still get pay raises the next two years despite the limited salary freeze President Obama proposed this week for 2.2 million government employees. The president's proposal, if approved by Congress, would stop across-the-board pay hikes set for January 2011 and January 2012. But many federal workers will receive other pay hikes — longevity increases (called steps), promotions in grade, bonuses, overtime and other cash payments.
  • Federal Workers Rage Against President Obama's Two-Year Wage Freeze

    11/30/2010 7:58:03 AM PST · by Poundstone · 143 replies · 9+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | November 30, 2010 | John Marzulli, Kelly Burke
    Irate federal workers in New York had a few choice words for President Obama's decision Monday to freeze their wages for the next two years. "That's why Obama's ratings are below [ex-President George W.] Bush's, and that's hard to be unless you're Osama Bin Laden," said Rosemarie Clemmens of Manhattan. Clemmens, who works for the Social Security Administration, said she voted for Obama but won't again. "I can't wait until I retire," the life-long government worker added.
  • Remember My Discussion on Pensions?

    11/29/2010 2:41:49 PM PST · by The Comedian · 24 replies
    The Market Ticker ^ | Nov. 29, 2010 | Karl Denninger
    France is the latest to seize pension assets. They follow Hungary and Ireland. There will be more. And eventually, it will come here - and when it does, you will get hosed. There is only one way to stop it. You, the American people, must demand that all of the bad loans that were made by banks be forced back onto them and defaulted. At the same time the government must stand back and let the adjustment take place. Yes, this will detonate the banks. Yes, this will result in huge losses. Yes, this will result in a short-term dislocation...
  • Frozen Assets (Pay Raise for Federal Employees)

    11/19/2010 7:15:06 AM PST · by Poundstone · 14 replies
    Government Executive ^ | November 18, 2010 | Emily Long
    The 2011 pay raise for federal employees is in a holding pattern. Proposals to cut or freeze salaries could have a broader impact on government recruiting, retention and morale, but agencies have other tools available to reward workers.
  • GOP Assault on Federal Pay Puts Obama in Politically Difficult Position

    11/17/2010 8:55:14 AM PST · by Poundstone · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 16, 2010 | Stephen Clark
    President Obama is stuck between a rock and a hard place, as newly empowered House Republicans unleash a torrent of proposals to shrink the size of government and following a series of reports that show federal workers increasing in numbers and salary.
  • Census search: Government employee totals by State (State and Local govts only).

    11/12/2010 6:29:47 PM PST · by sbMKE · 10 replies · 1+ views
    US Census Bureau ^ | 12/31/2009 | US Census Bureau
    Ever wondered how many workers are employed by your state and local governments? Here they are, all collected in one easy place by "industry" and with payroll totals.
  • Government Workers Making $150,000+ Have Doubled Under President Obama

    11/10/2010 2:04:28 PM PST · by blam · 11 replies · 1+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 11-10-2010 | Gregory White
    Government Workers Making $150,000+ Have Doubled Under President Obama Gregory White Nov. 10, 2010, 3:18 PM Image: The White HOuse Salaries for Federal workers have soared since President Obama took office in 2009, with the number of workers making $150,000 or more doubling, according to USA Today (via the Atlantic). The real winners here: those government workers employed for 15 to 24 years. That doesn't jive well with the deficit commission's plans for a 10% cut in Federal jobs by 2015. Or perhaps it does, as the deficit commission may be able to reach its cost cutting aims with fewer...
  • NAACP voluntarily dismisses bias suit against US Airways

    11/10/2010 1:57:06 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 10 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Tue, Nov. 9, 2010 | By Linda Loyd
    What began as a startling NAACP suit accusing US Airways Group Inc. of discriminating against its African American employees at Philadelphia International Airport has ended with a settlement and a pledge by the airport's largest carrier to strengthen workplace diversity. On the matter of the monetary terms and whether the three former US Airways employees named as plaintiffs in January's federal class-action suit would get - or even want - their old jobs back, no one would say.
  • More federal workers' salaries skyrocket past $150,000

    11/10/2010 10:30:06 AM PST · by dennisw · 66 replies · 3+ views
    USA Today | 11-10-2010 | By Dennis Cauchon, USA TODAY
     MY SUMMATION: Federal workers earning $150,000 or more a year has increased 10x  in the past five years and doubled since President Obama was inaugurated Already, some Republicans are going to use the lame-duck session that starts Monday to provides alternatives to Obama's plan to give a 1.4% across-the-board pay raise to 2 million plus federal workers. read the rest at USA Today --->>  http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-11-10-1Afedpay10_ST_N.htm   
  • Federal workers shouldn't bank on getting a raise

    11/05/2010 7:26:31 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 7 replies
    Fedsmith ^ | November 5, 2010 | FedSmith
    Federal workers should not hold their breath waiting for salary increases, despite a report that they have fallen further behind private-sector employees in pay. Private-sector workers were paid more by an average of 2.1 percent last year, according to the Washington Post. But to be fair, for a number of job categories -- accountants, nurses, chemists, surveyors, cooks, clerks and janitors among them -- federal pay is greater. And, Republicans say, federal pay is greater still when the value of health, pension and other benefits is taken into account -- an additional $40,785, compared to $9,882 for private employees. National...
  • D.C. outpaces nation's other metro areas in job growth

    11/04/2010 2:22:16 PM PDT · by Poundstone · 14 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 4, 2010 | V. Dion Haynes
    The Washington area led the nation in employment growth with 56,000 new jobs created over the 12-month period that ended in September, according to federal government data released Wednesday. The gains were fueled by private-sector hiring and drove the region's unemployment rate down three-tenths of a point from a year earlier, to 5.9 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. "It shows job growth is nipping away at the unemployment rolls," said Stephen S. Fuller, director of the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University. "We had quite a bit of job growth in a wide range of...
  • 1.6% Pay Raise for Federal Employees for 2012?

    11/02/2010 10:27:17 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 28 replies
    Fedsmith ^ | November 2, 2010 | Ralph Smith
    The most intriguing questions among readers of our site often concern pay and benefits. Specifically, many people want to know: "How much will I make next year?" Leaving aside the issue of whether federal employees are over or underpaid on average, it is possible to make a reasonable guess about your future income based on past actions by the President and Congress. Obviously, in an election year, anything can happen but, when the rhetoric subsides, federal employees have come out reasonably well on pay and benefits issues that have come up regardless of which party is in power in the...
  • Federal Salaries Fall Behind Private Sector, Panel Says

    11/01/2010 7:14:07 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 92 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 1, 2010 | Lisa Rein and Eric Yoder
    Official numbers released by the government late last week show salaries of federal workers falling slightly farther behind their private-sector counterparts in the last year, by an average of 2.1 percent across the country. The disparity shows wide variations among the 31 regions where the government compares federal pay with salaries for private-sector jobs in order to determine pay raises. The Washington-Baltimore area, for example, showed among the largest gaps, with federal workers 38 percent behind the private sector.
  • Look who's trying to buy the election (American Fed. of State, Country, Municipal Employees)

    10/27/2010 1:51:24 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10/26/10 | Rich Lowry
    Look who's trying to buy the electionRich Lowry Last Updated: 12:49 AM, October 26, 2010 Just when we'd been told the Chamber of Commerce had bought the election, along comes the American Federation of State, Country and Municipal Employees to pour nearly $90 million into the campaign. According to The Wall Street Journal, this makes the public-sector union the biggest spender of all the outside groups. The National Education Association and the Service Employees International Union rank among the top five. Collectively, these three unions representing millions of public workers -- only the SEIU is majority private -- are devoting...
  • In Houston, employees' health insurance will increase 12% in '11 (Houston Chronicle)

    10/26/2010 4:54:01 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 10/26/10 | L.M. SIXEL
    Raises may be small and bonuses a distant memory of better times, but one workplace number isn't frozen: Employees can expect a double-digit percentage increase next year in the cost of health insurance they get through the office. This year's health care overhaul combined with other factors will push the average cost per Houston employee to $4,946 next year — 12 percent more than this year — according to Aon Hewitt, a human resource consulting firm that tracks medical costs. The figure includes insurance premiums and insurance-related expenses such as co-pays and deductibles. The firm surveyed 350 large employers nationwide,...
  • NPR employees donate to Democrats

    10/22/2010 4:41:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/22/10 | Rob Bluey
    At least six people identifying themselves as National Public Radio employees have collectively given $2,560 to Democrats in the past five years, according to campaign finance data.NPR’s own internal policy prohibits political contributions, but the network maintains that none of the six employees were required to abide by the ethical guidelines.Publicly available data on OpenSecrets.org reveals a total of 10 contributions from six employees, all of whom listed “National Public Radio” or “NPR” as their employer. One employee made multiple donations.NPR instituted its ethics policy in 2004, according to NPR ombudsman Alicia Shepard.
  • Add Boeing employees to the ObamaCare victims list, but just the nonunion ones

    10/19/2010 9:48:21 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Associated Press and liberty pundits Blog ^ | 10/19/10 | Clyde Middleton
    Deductibles, the share of medical costs that employees pay annually before their plan kicks in, will go up to $300 for individuals, an increase of $100. For families, the new deductible will be $900, an increase of $300. In addition, Boeing is instituting a copayment of 10 percent after the deductible has been met. The copayment will rise to 20 percent in 2012. But the most telling portion of the article is this snippet: In a letter mailed to employees late last week, the company cited the overhaul as part of the reason it is asking some 90,000 nonunion workers...
  • Just How Ridiculous Are Government Salaries and Benefits?

    10/18/2010 12:46:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | October 18, 2010 | J. Christian Adams
    Which do they get: defined benefit pensions, or defined contribution retirement plans? The answer is "yes." America is heading toward a financial reckoning because of exploding government spending and debt. There are too many government employees doing too little work, and getting paid salaries and benefits far beyond what private sector employees make. A new Washington Post poll demonstrates that American voters have figured out that the pay and benefits received government employees are far out of line with their own careers: according to the poll released today, more than half of Americans think Federal employees are overpaid, and three-quarters...
  • Democrat Aims to Outlaw “Right-to-Work”

    10/11/2010 1:44:58 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 24 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 9 October 2010 | John Semmens
    Representative Brad Sherman (D-Calif) has introduced legislation that would eliminate state Right to Work laws. The bill, H.R. 6384, would prohibit states from allowing workers to decline becoming union members as a condition of employment. Currently, 22 states allow workers to refuse to become union members. “For too long we have allowed business interests to persuade state legislatures to pass laws permitting employees to refuse to participate in the unions that are representing the workers’ interests,” Sherman said. “This ‘divide-and-conquer’ strategy pits individual interests against the solidarity needed to effectively pressure management into meeting union demands.” An effect of right-to-work...
  • Investigation: 140 Census Bosses Took Vegas Trip

    09/22/2010 10:35:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    CBS4 ^ | Sep 20, 2010 | Brian Maass
    the U.S. Census Bureau sent 140 administrators from Colorado and nine other Rocky Mountain and southwestern states to Las Vegas for several days to discuss "lessons learned" from the 2010 census that could be applied in the next census in 2020. The trip cost an estimated $100,000 in airfare, meals and hotel costs and is coming under withering criticism from a Colorado congressman. "It's impossible to argue this without saying these folks took a vacation and they took it at taxpayer expense," said Rep. Mike Coffman, a Republican congressman from Colorado. "I mean I think it's the equivalent of theft,"...
  • Mythbuster: Federal workers not overpaid, senator asserts

    09/21/2010 9:19:03 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 56 replies
    Federal Computer Week ^ | September 20, 2010 | Federal Daily Staff
    Recently circulated news stories charging that federal employees are grossly overpaid — allegedly earning more than twice their private industry counterparts — are based on “a flawed reading of statistical data,” according to Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-Del.). In a Sept. 15 speech, Kaufman disputed a USA Today article purporting that federal workers’ pay dramatically outstrips that of their private-sector counterparts. The newspaper’s analysis, which was based on Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) data, concluded that, in 2009, federal employees received an average total compensation in pay and benefits of $123,049, while private sector workers made $61,051. The newspaper’s analysis did...
  • Furloughs A 'No Go' With Federal Workers

    09/21/2010 8:52:15 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 88 replies
    FedSmith.com ^ | September 21, 2010 | Scott Broom
    Federal workers reacted with anger as news spreads of a Colorado Congressman's proposal for a 2-week furlough for the nation's federal employees. "I think it's unfair," said Linda Pultz, a worker at the Department of Education. "Why should we all have to take two weeks off unpaid and not get anything out of it because I don't think it's going to solve anything."
  • 10 States Where A Ridiculous Number Of People Work For The Government

    09/19/2010 12:41:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/18/2010 | Gus Lubin
    Barack Obama's biggest supporters these days aren't Democrats. They are: * The unemployed, who make up 9.6% of the workforce * Government workers, who make up 14.1% of the workforce These groups represent nearly a quarter of workers, and of course they support the man who sends their paycheck.
  • Federal Compensation: Too High, Too Low or About Right?

    09/17/2010 11:10:30 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 31 replies
    FedSmith.com ^ | September 16, 2010 | FedSmith staff
    Are federal employees paid too much or too little? The controversy does not appear to be going away. The Office of Personnel Management is certainly aware of it and has defended its work that shows federal employees are underpaid by about 22%. In fact, as the year wears on, the agency seems to be getting more aggressive. Early in the summer, the OPM director made statement with an acknowledgment of a "credibility problem" and that he would be enlisting outside experts to resolve the dispute. "Everybody has their formula, and says, ‘My formula's right, your formula's wrong,' " he commented...
  • Are poll workers being used to inflate jobs totals?

    09/14/2010 3:23:03 AM PDT · by Scanian · 17 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 14, 2010 | John Crudele
    Workers at polling places for today's primary and November's general election are being required to file tax withholding forms for the first time ever in a move that could be aimed at inflating the nation's employment numbers. Is this really a little Election Eve trick? Here's what I learned, you decide. The New York City Board of Elections, which uses 30,000 to 36,000 temporary workers for both the primary and general election, said it is being ordered by the Internal Revenue Service to make "employees" out of the very temporary workers who tend the polling sites. But an IRS spokesperson...
  • Retired General Lobs Bomb at Military Benefits

    09/09/2010 5:54:25 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 37 replies
    Wall Street Journal blog ^ | September 8, 2010 | Nathan Hodge
    Earlier this year, retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro chaired a panel that helped pave the way for a series of cost-cutting measures at the Pentagon, including efforts to cut overhead and dependence on outside contractors. Now he’s taking aim at something more sacrosanct: Compensation for service members, military retirees and their families.
  • Hey Rush, Hannity: Stop bashing federal employees

    08/30/2010 6:15:33 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 202 replies · 1+ views
    The North Star National ^ | August 30, 2010 | Gregory Lee
    As a retired federal government employee, I’m offended when I hear Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and a host of other conservative talk show hosts bash all levels of government employees. It seems the all-time favorite government employee to bash works for the Department of Motor Vehicles. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, federal government employees in 2008 earn an average of $67,691 compared to $60,046 in the private sector. This doesn’t count the benefits all federal government employees enjoy. Not all federal government employees make as much as their private sector counterparts, but many do. For example, a registered...
  • GOP seizes on private-public pay gap as a midterm election issue

    08/26/2010 6:19:01 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 26, 2010 | Jared Allen
    Federal workers have become a new flashpoint in the fight between Republicans and Democrats on the economy. House GOP Leader John Boehner (Ohio) this week blamed Democratic policies for exacerbating a gap in the pay between public and private workers that he claims was rising even as the country suffers through a housing crisis and high unemployment. House and Senate Republicans already have offered legislation to freeze the salaries of the 2 million federal employees through amendments to economic stimulus bills being ushered through Congress by Democrats. Each effort has failed due to opposition from Democrats.
  • Taxpayers Must Cover Much of $3 Trillion State Pension Bills, Study Says

    08/20/2010 12:26:09 PM PDT · by Poundstone · 39 replies
    Kellogg School of Management ^ | August 20, 2010 | Joshua Rauh
    Taxpayers must cover at least a third of a $3 trillion bill for public employee pensions even if lawmakers eliminate cost-of-living increases and raise the retirement age, according to an academic study. “Even if states uniformly eliminated generous early retirement deals and raised the retirement age to 74, the unfunded liability for promises already made would still be more than $1 trillion,” Joshua D. Rauh, associate professor of finance at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, Illinois, said in a statement.
  • Hospitals Told To Trim the Fat

    08/15/2010 4:26:18 PM PDT · by dsat4life · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Wheeling Intelligencer ^ | August 14, 2010 | Roselyn King
    WHEELING - The issue of Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement could become a weighty issue with employees at Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Hospital. The employees were informed by letter this week of a proposal currently before the Health Care Reform Bill Commission. That proposal would cut Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement to hospitals where more than 5 percent of hospital employees are found to be 25 percent heavier than generally accepted height and weight guidelines.
  • U.S. Pays $400 Million in Bonuses to Federal Employees

    06/14/2010 6:39:17 PM PDT · by PROCON · 127 replies · 1,394+ views
    biggovernment .com ^ | June 14, 2010 | Publius
    The Obama Administration handed out more than $400 million in awards to federal employees last year, up by more than $80 million from the prior year, according to new government data. The biggest winners were air traffic controllers and top managers in Washington, a review of fiscal year 2009 salary reports from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management showed. OPM’s data, obtained by the Asbury Park Press through a freedom of information request, account for 1.3 million employees, or about 65 percent of the federal civilian work force.
  • Virginia Democrat objects to federal pay freeze

    07/23/2010 11:25:53 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 16 replies
    Government Executive ^ | July 20, 2010 | Norah Swanson
    A Virginia lawmaker whose district is home to many federal employees said on Tuesday that he does not support a pay freeze for government workers. Democratic Rep. Jim Moran, during a town hall meeting in Washington for employees of the Environmental Protection Agency, also admitted he doesn't believe parity between civilian and military pay can be accomplished this year in Congress, alluding to partisanship. In fiscal 2010, service members received a 3.4 percent pay raise while the civilian workforce received a 2 percent boost.
  • Training Prepares Civilian Employees for Deployment

    07/08/2010 12:54:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    WASHINGTON, July 8, 2010 – A training program is equipping Defense Department civilian employees with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully deploy in support of humanitarian, reconstruction and combat-support military missions across the globe. A class of about 150 Defense Department civilians and contractors, part of the civilian expeditionary work force, learn the basics in emergency medical aid at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center in central Indiana, June 29, 2010, before deploying to Afghanistan and Iraq. U.S. Army photo by John Crosby  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The joint civilian expeditionary work force training -- a 10-day...
  • Sizing Up Uncle Sam's 401(k)

    07/08/2010 6:15:15 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 8 replies
    Kiplinger ^ | July 6, 2010 | Steven Goldberg
    Government officials spend a lot of time telling private employers how they may and may not run their employee retirement-savings plans. Turnabout is fair play, so I decided to take a look at what Uncle Sam offers in the defined-contribution pension plan for federal employees.