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  • The Transition Trump has a plan for government workers. They’re not going to like it

    11/24/2016 10:09:10 AM PST · by markomalley · 47 replies
    As a longtime resident of government employee country I say this plan couldn’t come soon enough. The bureaucracy in DC is massive, expensive, and entitled. Given the degree to which technology could easily reduce the bloat in the city and beyond wins should come early and relatively easily. Wins for taxpayers anyway. Washington, the “imperial city” won’t like it and will scream bloody murder. On the other hand recent reports said that up to 35% of federal workers said they’d consider quitting their jobs if Trump became president. I say we call em’ on it.
  • 2.1 million-member privileged class freaking out as Trump plans to make them like people with normal

    11/22/2016 2:17:21 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 27 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/22/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Federal employees face a long overdue reckoning Give this some thought: We are a nation based on a system of federalism, which means that largely sovereign states are united under a limited federal government that performs only certain essential functions - those enumerated in the Constitution - and leaves all functions not so enumerated to the states by law. That is the idea. So how did we get to the point where a federal government supposedly so limited has 2.1 million employees? And how did that group of federal employees become such a privileged class that they're almost impossible to...
  • Trump plans to fire federal employees faster

    11/21/2016 1:28:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/21/2016 | Joe Davidson
    What should federal employees expect from a boss-in-chief whose workforce philosophy is best known for two words — “You’re fired?” More firings. President-elect Donald Trump would start with the Department of Veterans Affairs, which remains a target for Republicans after a scandal that erupted in 2014 over the coverup of long wait times for patients. If firings do increase, don’t think they will stop at the VA: Two of Trump’s high-profile advisers have urged him to fire feds faster across the government. This is the second of two columns examining Trump’s approach to the workforce. Last week, we examined his...
  • Trump has a plan for government workers. They’re not going to like it.

    11/21/2016 8:47:18 AM PST · by detective · 147 replies
    MSN News ^ | November 21, 2016 | Lisa Rein
    President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress are drawing up plans to take on the government bureaucracy they have long railed against, by eroding job protections and grinding down benefits that federal workers have received for a generation. Hiring freezes, an end to automatic raises, a green light to fire poor performers, a ban on union business on the government’s dime and less generous pensions — these are the contours of the blueprint emerging under Republican control of Washington in January. These changes were once unthinkable to federal employees, their unions and their supporters in Congress. But Trump’s election as an outsider promising to...
  • How to Reform the Civil Service

    11/15/2016 5:56:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 15, 2016 | Bruce Walker
    Thomas Lifson has correctly observed that reforming the Civil Service System ought to be a high priority for President-Elect Trump and the new Republican Congress. We need to understand why the Civil Service System first created as a reform in how the federal government operated. "To the victors go the spoils" was the way Andrew Jackson put it almost 200 years ago. Jackson expressed the view that the president has the right – legal and moral – to throw out government employees and replace them with cronies. The size of the federal government was proportionately much smaller then than today,...
  • FEDERAL AGENCIES Tears, angst as workforce braces for Trump takeover

    11/13/2016 9:31:46 AM PST · by ColdOne · 125 replies
    eenews.net ^ | 11/11/16 | Robin Bravender and Kevin Bogardus
    U.S. EPA employees were in tears. Worried Energy Department staffers were offered counseling. Some federal employees were so depressed, they took time off. Others might retire early. And some employees are in downright panic mode in the aftermath of Donald Trump's victory. "People are upset. Some people took the day off because they were depressed," said John O'Grady, president of American Federation of Government Employees Council 238, a union that represents thousands of EPA employees. After Election Day, "people were crying," added O'Grady, who works in EPA's Region 5 office in Chicago. "They were recommending that people take sick leave...
  • Government workers shun Trump, give big money to Clinton

    10/26/2016 8:27:36 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 41 replies
    thehill ^ | 10/26/16 | Jonathan Swan
    Federal government employees are opening their wallets to help Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump on Nov. 8. Of the roughly $2 million that federal workers from 14 agencies spent on presidential politics by the end of September, about $1.9 million, or 95 percent, went to the Democratic nominee’s campaign, according to an analysis by The Hill. ADVERTISEMENT Employees at all the agencies analyzed, without exception, are sending their campaign contributions overwhelmingly to Clinton over her Republican counterpart. Several agencies, such as the State Department, which Clinton once led, saw more than 99 percent of contributions going to Clinton.
  • Feds: Postal Worker Stashed Nearly 50,000 Pieces Of Undelivered Mail In Her California Apartment

    08/29/2016 9:51:35 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 49 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 8/26/2016 | Staff
    A U.S. Postal Service employee stashed nearly 50,000 pieces of undelivered mail in her California home, according to a criminal information filed against the worker.Federal investigators charge that Sherry Watanabe hid "approximately 48,288 pieces of United States mail" in her apartment. The mail was intended for delivery to customers along Watanabe’s route in Placentia, an Orange County city.Watanabe, 48, was named in a one-count felony criminal information filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. In a plea agreement with prosecutors, Watanabe has admitted to the mail hoarding.According to the plea agreement, Watanabe was hired as a mail carrier...
  • Largest federal employee union applauds Clinton pick of Senator Tim Kaine as running mate

    07/23/2016 1:58:12 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 20 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | July 22, 2016 | The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
    IMPORTANT:This information should not be downloaded using government equipment, read during duty time, sent to others using government equipment, or sent to anyone while in a government building because it involves election related activity.WASHINGTON – In response to the announcement that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has selected U.S. Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate, American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today issued the following statement:“While representing Virginia in the U.S. Senate, Tim Kaine has been a vocal advocate for government workers and the programs we deliver to the American public. Like Hillary...
  • Economic Growth Worst In Two Years As Investment, Durables Spending Fall

    04/29/2016 4:33:20 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 30 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | April 29, 2016 | JED GRAHAM
    After crawling ahead at just a 0.5% annual pace in the first quarter, the slowest in two years, the American economy is due for a bounce — but how high? The jury is out whether the economy has simply hit another speed bump or is facing a more fundamental slowdown, but some details in Thursday’s Commerce Department report point to the latter. U.S. GDP also fizzled at the start of 2014 and 2015, shrinking 0.9% in the former and edging up 0.6% last year... Yet it’s iffy whether the economy can rebound to the same extent... On the plus side,...
  • 25% of Feds Would Consider Leaving Their Jobs if Trump Becomes President

    02/01/2016 11:05:25 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 180 replies
    Donald Trump leads the Republican field among federal employees, but many still say they would never work for him. One in four federal workers would consider leaving their jobs if Trump were elected president, according to a new survey conducted by the Government Business Council, Government Executive Media Group’s research arm. About 14 percent of respondents said they would definitely consider leaving federal service under President Trump, while an additional 11 percent said they might. The findings indicate those leaving government would come from agencies' top ranks, as a majority of respondents were in General Schedule positions GS-13 and higher.
  • FEDERAL SALARIES LAG BEHIND PRIVATE SECTOR BY 35 PERCENT ON AVERAGE, PAY COUNCIL SAYS

    11/10/2015 9:40:44 AM PST · by Alfred O. Bama · 86 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 11-9-15 | Eric Yoder
    Salaries of federal employees continue to lag behind those of similar private-sector jobs by 35 percent on average, an advisory committee has said in presenting what amounts to the latest data point in a long-running debate over how the two sectors compare. The 34.92 percent "pay gap" reported Friday essentially duplicates the 35.37 and 35.28 percent numbers reported the last two years by the Federal Salary Council and is close to those of other recent years.... Under a 1990 law, the numbers are supposed to be used to virtually close the measured differences with private-sector pay. However, no administration or...
  • Millions hit by personal data hack still have not been told

    09/01/2015 7:25:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/1/15 | Mark Hosenball
    The U.S. government has not yet notified any of the 21.5 million federal employees and contractors whose security clearance data was hacked more than three months ago, officials acknowledged on Tuesday. The agency whose data was hacked, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), said the Defense Department will begin "later this month" to notify employees and contractors across the government that their personal information was accessed by hackers. OPM said notifications would continue over several weeks and "will be sent directly to impacted individuals." OPM also announced that it hired a contractor to help protect the identities and credit ratings...
  • Scott Walker: Make federal employee unions illegal

    09/15/2015 4:54:17 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/15/15 | Dan Calabrese
    As FDR believed they should be, and as they were before 1962. I know that some of you are going to call this an attention-getting stunt because Walker is struggling in the polls. Here’s my response to that: A guy who’s running for president should seek success in the polls by making solid, serious policy proposals. That’s what this is. And if anyone thinks he’s not serious, they don’t know Walker’s governing history. He understands like few governors how the cycle of corruption works between public-employee unions and Democrats: Unions fund Democrat candidates, who, once elected, offer generous compensation packages...
  • Friend gets letter from U.S. OPM indicating personal info compromised in the database hack

    06/19/2015 7:56:40 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 64 replies
    Letter from United States Office of Personnel Management | 19 June 2015 | Mene Mene Tekel Uhparsin
    A friend just got a letter from the United States Office of Personnel Management indicating his personal information may have been compromised. He hasn't worked for the Federal government since about 1985. This seems to indicate they may have gotten almost everything on everyone. The letter also offers some kind of protection in case of identity theft.
  • Stop paying federal workers to sit home, personnel chief tells agencies

    06/04/2015 4:01:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/4/15 | Lisa Rein
    The government is taking action to curb the long-maligned practice of putting federal employees on paid leave for months — and even years — while they wait to be punished for misbehavior or cleared and allowed to return to the office. In a memo last week, Office of Personnel Management director Katherine Archuleta told agency heads that the extensive use of administrative leave throughout government should be just the opposite: a “temporary solution,” only for problem employees who pose a danger to themselves or their colleagues. In other words, if someone poses a threat to his own safety or the...
  • More than 100,000 feds owe back taxes

    03/25/2015 7:12:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Wa Examiner ^ | MARCH 24, 2015 | SARAH WESTWOOD
    Federal employees owed more in delinquent taxes last year than any year in the past decade, costing the Internal Revenue Service $1.4 billion in 2014. The 113,805 civilian government employees who declined to pay all of their taxes last year would be ineligible to work for federal agencies under a House bill introduced last week that would hold officials accountable for evading taxes. ... It is disconcerting that federal civilian employees owe more than one billion dollars in back taxes," said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. "These employees are not exempt from...
  • Millennials exit the federal workforce as government jobs lose their allure

    12/15/2014 7:42:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/15/14 | Lisa Rein
    Six years after candidate Barack Obama vowed to make working for government “cool again,” federal hiring of young people is instead tailing off and many millennials are heading for the door. The share of the federal workforce under the age of 30 dropped to 7 percent this year, the lowest figure in nearly a decade, government figures show. With agencies starved for digital expertise and thousands of federal jobs coming open because of a wave of baby-boomer retirements, top government officials, including at the White House, are growing increasingly distressed about the dwindling role played by young workers. “Millennials are
  • Head of Largest Federal Employee Union Reflects on Events in Ferguson

    08/20/2014 4:18:17 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 22 replies
    American Federation of Government Employees ^ | August 20, 2014 | President J. David Cox Sr.
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AFGE president says reaction to Michael Brown shooting reflects larger civil rights struggle WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today issued the following statement:“In the days since Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri, there has been an outpouring of anger and grief across the nation. My own reaction is simultaneously one of deep sympathy for his family, a prayer that the justice system works so that a fair investigation and adjudication occur, and an understanding of the righteous anger felt by members of his community who have...
  • Obama to Propose 1 Percent Federal Worker Pay Hike

    02/24/2014 4:42:23 PM PST · by SMGFan · 39 replies
    ABCNews ^ | February 24, 2014
    The White House says President Barack Obama will propose a 1 percent pay raise next year for federal workers.
  • Is Government Work A Full-Time Job

    02/21/2014 7:01:49 AM PST · by rktman · 25 replies
    news.investors.com ^ | 2/20/2014 | Unknown
    Work: A new study of government data says that since Oct. 1, federal workers, including bureaucrats and members of Congress, have worked less than three-fourths of the time. To which we respond, how can they tell? Federal workers have long been seen as slack, but they seem to have gotten more so recently.
  • House Democrats: It’s not about politics

    02/12/2014 6:31:30 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/12/14 | JOHN BRESNAHAN
    **SNIP** Democrats were also pleased by Obama’s executive order raising the minimum wage for several hundred thousand federal workers, which plays into their drive to raise the wage nationally to $10.10 per hour. House Republicans are opposed to such a move. And Pelosi and her top lieutenants — many of whom played big roles in the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act — were very happy to hear that more one million Americans had signed up for state and federal health exchanges during January, bringing the total Obamacare sign ups to 3.3 million. So while most House Republicans believe...
  • Vitter to Reid: ‘Come clean’ on exemptions (Dingy a no-show)

    12/10/2013 4:33:14 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/10/13 | Ramsey Cox
    Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) challenged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to publically explain why he has exempted some of his leadership staff from enrolling in the ObamaCare health insurance exchange. “I think it’s incumbent on the distinguished majority leader to come clean,” Vitter said on the Senate floor Tuesday. Reports came out last week that Reid would allow his leadership staff to remain on the federal healthcare plan instead of forcing them onto the exchanges, as required for other congressional staffers. He was the only member of leadership to announce such a move. The Affordable Care Act, also known...
  • No Room for Spending Cuts? How About Government Employee Trips to the Caribbean?

    12/10/2013 6:37:51 AM PST · by IbJensen · 9 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 12/6/2013 | Katie Tubb
    If government employees can enjoy a stay in a luxury hotel made famous on The Bachelor, then surely Congress could find somewhere to make spending cuts. In November, a group of federal government employees connected with the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force enjoyed a trip to St. Croix, courtesy of taxpayers. Though no reports of long bar tabs and souvenir receipts have surfaced—as what happened when the General Services Administration held a conference in Las Vegas—a few details have raised eyebrows. Government employees stayed in the Buccaneer Hotel, a beachfront resort made famous by the television show The Bachelor....
  • Capitol Hill Feels Pains of Obamacare Sign-Up Troubles - now it's personal

    12/07/2013 1:41:46 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Roll Call ^ | December 6, 2013 | Niels Lesniewski and Hannah Hess
    Members of Congress who have gone along with the idea that they should get insurance through Obamacare’s system of exchanges are getting a stronger dose of medicine than they bargained for. Most of the national attention has focused on the trouble with the federal HealthCare.gov portal, but for members and staff, glitches with DC Health Link are personal. Dec. 9 is the deadline for employees moving from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program to the new health insurance exchange to make coverage choices for 2014. However, an email sent to staffers Friday said that those who can prove they tried...
  • Big Government Redistributes Money from Ordinary Americans to Benefit Washington’s Gilded Class

    11/22/2013 8:06:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 22, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Regular readers know I complain about the army of overpaid bureaucrats in Washington, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The larger problem is that Washington also is filled with hundreds of thousands of other people who get rich thanks to big government. And these politicians, lobbyists, crony capitalists, interest groups, contractors, and influence peddlers almost surely are a bigger net drain on the economy’s productive sector. When you combine the official bureaucracy with these other over-compensated beneficiaries of big government, it’s easy to understand why Washington, DC, is now the richest region of America, with 10 of the...
  • Obama's Operation Whipcrack Prohibits 80 Year Old Couple From Entering Own House In Nevada

    10/08/2013 3:30:59 PM PDT · by joeclarke · 32 replies
    KNTV Channel 13 Las Vegas ^ | 10/08/2013 | JoeClarke.Net
    Lake Mead Property Owners forced Out Until Shutdown Ends Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The government shutdown is being felt close to home for some locals. They say they're being forced out of private homes on Lake Mead because they sit on federal land. Joyce Spencer is 77-years-old and her husband Ralph is 80. They've been spending most of their time in the family ice cream store since going home isn't an option. The Spencers never expected to be forced out of their Lake Mead home, which they've owned since the 70s, but on Thursday, a park ranger said they...
  • Feds to Furloughed Employees: Checking Gov't Email During Shutdown a 'Criminal Offense'

    10/07/2013 4:32:54 AM PDT · by don-o · 26 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 7, 2013 | JERYL BIER
    A notice posted on the website of the Small Business Administration (SBA) warns furloughed employees that it is a "criminal offense" to use federal resources during the furlough period, including accessing government email accounts. Although the notice is directed to SBA employees, presumably the directive is applicable to furloughed employees of all government agencies. The full notice reads as follows: Please be advised, during the furlough period, non-excepted employees will no longer be permitted to utilize SBA email or other federal resources. Please know that use of federal resources while on furlough status is prohibited by law and is considered...
  • Fed-Thousands non-essential employees sent home? How many non-essential employees in your company?

    10/01/2013 7:24:09 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 91 replies
    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/Special/2013/10/01/Non-essential-federal-employees-head-home-worry-about ^ | 10/1/2013 | Catherine Brzycki and Katie Peralta -- Medill News Service
    "Non-essential" federal employees head home, worry about pay Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/Special/2013/10/01/Non-essential-federal-employees-head-home-worry-about-pay/9971380658764/#ixzz2gWj4bGFM
  • US government work is losing cachet for some

    10/06/2013 12:57:12 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 47 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | October 6, 2013 | SAM HANANEL / Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — There was a time when being a federal employee meant a steady paycheck, great benefits and pride in serving the country.But these days, many federal workers are frustrated, anxious and growing tired of being pawns in a never-ending political struggle over government funding.‘‘The pay has fallen behind, the uncertainty of having a job from day to day, the stability which was a drawing factor for a large portion of the people is gone now,’’ said Tommy Jackson, an Air Force acquisitions manager in Warner Robins, Ga., who has spent 30 years in government.Jackson, 54, is going through...
  • FEMA’s Advice for Emergency Preparedness: Watch TV and Wait for Instructions

    08/21/2013 4:27:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2013 | Michael Schaus
    It might seem laughable that FEMA – the Federal organization that eventually melted over $12.5 million worth of ice after Hurricane Katrina – has created a website focused on preparing individuals for eventual disaster. Yes, the organization that closed their Staten Island office because of bad weather after Tropical Storm Sandy, is now providing helpful suggestions for emergency preparedness. The project, on its face, is almost as comedic as the Federal Government’s “Feed the Pig” campaign to encourage saving for retirement. My first reaction to the government telling me to spend less money, or prepare better for emergencies, is “you...
  • Obama Signs Bill That Eliminates Disclosure Requirement for Gov't Employees

    04/15/2013 9:57:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 4/15/13 | Daniel Halper
    President Obama signed a bill that eliminates a financial disclosure requirement for some government employees, the White House announced. Here's the White House's statement: Statement by the Press Secretary on S. 716 On Monday, April 15, 2013, the President signed into law: S. 716, which eliminates the requirement in the STOCK Act to make available on official websites the financial disclosure forms of employees of the executive and legislative branches other than the President, the Vice President, Members of and candidates for Congress, and several specified Presidentially nominated and Senate-confirmed officers; and delays until January 1, 2014, the date by...
  • Government workers anxious about furloughs, sequestration, effects of bashing (Pity party...)

    03/01/2013 9:13:56 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 69 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/28/13 | Marc Fisher
    -snip- For most of their lives, federal workers in Mantua say, having “United States Treasury” atop their paycheck meant security, pride and a sense of mission. Things change: Now it means having to defend yourself against arguments, from strangers and even from your own relatives, that you’re an overpaid and underworked leech.
  • Federal employees' union head: Obama pay raise proposal 'simply not enough'

    02/09/2013 3:09:51 PM PST · by Libloather · 109 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/09/13 | Justin Sink
    The president of the American Federation of Government Employees says a one-percent increase is "absolutely unconscionable." The head of the largest federal employee union said Saturday that President Obama's proposal to increase pay for federal employees by 1 percent was "absolutely unconscionable" and "simply not enough." "It is not enough to allow federal employees to make up lost ground from two-plus years of frozen pay. It is not enough to allow workers, most of whom earn very modest salaries ranging from $24,000 to $70,000, to maintain living standards. And it is not enough to send a message with any kind...
  • House Passes Congressional Pay Freeze, 129 Members Vote for Pay Increase

    01/02/2013 10:04:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 2, 2013 | Leah Barkoukis
    The House approved a bill to rescind the executive order President Obama signed last week that ended the pay freeze on federal employees, which meant that some federal workers would be getting a raise—including members of Congress. A number of lawmakers spoke out about the absurdity of the pay increase and timing of the move. Rep. Michele Bachmann said in a statement, “This executive order was not requested by Congress and we should reject it. We have a spending problem in our country and we should be looking for areas to cut spending. At a time when families across the...
  • House votes to block salary hike for federal workers, members of Congress

    01/02/2013 7:54:05 AM PST · by yoe · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 1, 2013 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The House approved legislation on Tuesday that would block a pay increase for federal workers and members of Congress scheduled to take place in March. Members voted 287-129 in favor of the bill from Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.). Just two Republicans opposed the legislation, and 55 Democrats supported it. Republicans brought the bill up under a suspension of the rules in order to allow for quicker consideration, although that move also required a two-thirds majority vote. The bill is a response to an (executive order) last Friday from President Obama that would end the two-year federal worker pay freeze, and...
  • Obama Orders Pay Raise for Federal Employees

    12/28/2012 1:26:26 PM PST · by House Atreides · 122 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12/28/2012 | Daniel Halper
    President Barack Obama issued an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers a raise. One federal worker now to receive a pay increase is Vice President Joe Biden.
  • Obama Orders Raise for Biden, Members of Congress, Federal Workers

    12/28/2012 10:45:48 AM PST · by ColdOne · 43 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 12/28/12 | DANIEL HALPER
    President Barack Obama issued an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers a raise. One federal worker now to receive a pay increase is Vice President Joe Biden. According to disclosure forms, Biden made a cool $225,521 last year. After the pay increase, he'll now make $231,900 per year. Members of Congress, from the House and Senate, also will receive a little bump, as their annual salary will go from $174,000 to 174,900. Leadership in Congress, including the speaker of the House, will likewise get an increase.
  • House to vote on bill terminating federal workers who don't pay their taxes (100K owe $1 billion)

    07/31/2012 2:45:23 AM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/30/12 | Pete Kasperowicz, Bernie Becker
    House to vote on bill terminating federal workers who don't pay their taxesBy Pete Kasperowicz and Bernie Becker - 07/30/12 09:27 AM ET The House will vote on legislation as early as Tuesday that would require the federal government to terminate workers with "seriously delinquent" tax debts. The bill, which also would prohibit the government from hiring people who are late on their tax payments, tries to deal with the roughly 100,000 federal workers who are usually behind on their taxes each year. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the bill’s sponsor, has cited IRS data indicating that these workers owed a...
  • Overpaid and Complaining

    04/09/2012 11:09:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 9, 2012 | Bruce Bialosky
    A few weeks back I took on our federal employees for being delinquent on their taxes to the tune of $1 billion. I received some criticism for that article, principally from readers who thought that government employees were being unfairly singled out. But just as that column appeared, the government confirmed what most knowledgeable people already suspected: federal employees are significantly overpaid. In January, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a comprehensive analysis of wages paid to federal employees. The report revealed that during the period of 2005-2010, federal employees were awarded much higher compensation than equivalent workers in the...
  • Triple Lutz Report–No Raises Makes for Unhappy Federal Employees

    02/16/2012 1:58:36 PM PST · by appeal2 · 11 replies
    The Financial Survival Network ^ | 02/16/2012 | Kerry Lutz
    Federal News Radio just reported that morale among Federal Workers has taken a hit. They attribute the decline in worker happiness to a two year pay freeze, which really hasn’t stopped workers from getting higher pay and constant bashing from Congress and the Public. From its website, it is difficult to tell whether this is a serious effort to inform the DC Federal Worker Community, or whether they’re a union shill. To quote, “Federal News Radio features the talents of some of the best federal minds in the industry.” We’re not sure what a federal mind is, or what industry...
  • White House proposes 0.5 percent pay increase for federal workers

    01/06/2012 9:08:04 AM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies
    WaPo ^ | 1/6/12 | Ed O'Keefe
    The White House will propose a 0.5 percent pay increase for civilian federal employees as part of its 2013 budget proposal, according to two senior administration officials familiar with the plans. The modest across-the-board pay jump would be the first increase for federal workers since before a two-year freeze began in late 2010. Raises for within-grade step increases and promotions have continued during the freeze. The proposal, which requires congressional approval, differs from Republican plans supported by lawmakers and presidential candidates that would freeze basic pay rates for one more year. Some of those plans also call for denying within-grade...
  • Driving Federal Government Employees Into Retirement

    12/30/2011 10:26:16 AM PST · by Poundstone · 65 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Monthly ^ | Dec. 28, 2011 | Keith Humphreys
    My family and I went to the VA hospital for Christmas services, during which the kindly chaplain said goodbye to the veterans to whom he had been ministering. Like a record number of federal government employees, he has decided to retire this year. Because the federal workforce is older than the general population, a certain number of retirements are to be expected. Yet according to the actuaries at the federal Office of Personal Management, workforce age isn’t enough to account for the surge in federal retirements. It’s not hard to see what other factors are driving federal government employees to...
  • Federal pay gap widens, report says

    11/30/2011 12:05:43 PM PST · by Retro Llama · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 11/4/11 | Eric Yoder
    The federal government reported Friday that on average, its employees are underpaid by 26.3 percent compared with similar non-federal jobs, a "pay gap" that increased by about 2 percentage points over last year while federal salary rates were frozen.... The pay gap in the Washington-Baltimore area was calculated at 36.9 percent, slightly below the 38.1 percent reported last year. Officials said a variety of factors could have caused that result, including changes in the mix of jobs and switching thousands of Defense Department employees into the general schedule and out of a separate pay system that is being phased out....
  • How Members Of Congress And Federal Employees Are Living The High Life At Our Expense

    10/19/2011 4:38:04 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies · 1+ views
    10 Mind Blowing Facts Which Show How Members Of Congress And Federal Employees Are Living The High Life At Our ExpenseOctober 19,2011 If you were asked to guess, what area of the United States would you say has the highest average income? New York City? Los Angeles? Silicon Valley? Well, would you believe that it is actually the Washington D.C. area? Median household income in the region is $84,523, which is the highest in the nation. One of the biggest reasons for this are the huge salaries being pulled down by federal employees in the Washington D.C. area. According to...
  • EDITORIAL: The Imperial District--Washington, D.C., fiddles while America burns

    10/19/2011 4:51:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 19, 2011 | Editorial
    New Census Bureau data show that Washington, D.C., is the wealthiest metropolitan area in America. This is nothing to be proud of. The report shows that the National Capital Region edged out Silicon Valley to become the most affluent U.S. metropolitan areas. The typical Washington metro household earned $84,523 in 2010, compared to a national median income of $50,046. Income in the D.C. area registered a 0.8 percent drop, but that didn’t faze government bureaucrats, who kept getting automatic raises. For federal workers, total compensation with benefits jumped 3 percent in 2010 to an incredible $126,369. A separate study showed...
  • D.C. Boasts Highest Average Income In U.S.

    10/19/2011 5:02:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Big Government ^ | 10/19/11 | Publius
    Federal employees whose compensation averages more than $126,000 and the nation’s greatest concentration of lawyers helped Washington edge out San Jose as the wealthiest U.S. metropolitan area, government data show. The U.S. capital has swapped top spots with Silicon Valley, according to recent Census Bureau figures, with the typical household in the Washington metro area earning $84,523 last year. The national median income for 2010 was $50,046. The figures demonstrate how the nation’s political and financial classes are prospering as the economy struggles with unemployment above 9 percent and thousands of Americans protest in the streets against income disparity, said...
  • Regulatory Budgets and Jobs Explode Under Obama

    08/20/2011 11:31:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2011 | Bob Beauprez
    One of Barack Obama's job creation programs appears to be working – the number of federal government regulators along with their budgets has exploded since 2008. Total employment at the conglomeration of federal agencies responsible for enforcing compliance with the myriad of laws now exceeds 281,000 people.  That's an increase of 13 percent during a time when 27 million Americans find themselves unemployed, under-employed, or have completely given up even trying to find work.  The budgets at these same agencies have increased 16 percent during the same period to over $54 billion.With the expanded staffs, the agencies have ramped up...
  • Death More Common Than Layoff in Fed. Agencies

    07/21/2011 11:39:55 AM PDT · by maddog55 · 19 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 21 Jul 2011 11:51 AM | Abigail Walls
    Job security is hard to come by for many Americans — but not for federal employees, USA Today reports. Rather than poor performance, misconduct or layoffs, death is the primary threat to job security in the federal government, the paper reports. Only 27 of 35,000 federal attorneys were fired last year. None was laid off. Death claimed 33. The job security rate for all federal workers was 99.43 percent last year, and nearly 100 percent for those on the job more than a few years. John Palguta, former research chief at the federal Merit System Protection Board, told USA Today...
  • More federal workers involuntarily leave jobs horizontally than vertically (never fired)

    07/20/2011 1:14:17 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 70 replies
    Hotair ^ | July20,2011 | Ed Morrissey
    The federal government fired 0.55% of its workers in the budget year that ended Sept. 30 — 11,668 employees in its 2.1 million workforce. Research shows that the private sector fires about 3% of workers annually for poor performance, says John Palguta, former research chief at the federal Merit Systems Protection Board, which handles federal firing disputes. The 1,800-employee Federal Communications Commission and the 1,200-employee Federal Trade Commission didn’t lay off or fire a single employee last year. The SBA had no layoffs, six firings and 17 deaths in its 4,000-employee workforce. When job security is at a premium, the...