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  • Federal Employees: Pay, COLAs and Your 2009 Paycheck

    11/11/2008 12:51:01 PM PST · by Poundstone · 103 replies · 7,833+ views
    FedSmith ^ | November 5, 2008 | Ralph Smith
    The 3.9% pay raise is an average. We have gotten comments from readers complaining that our projected pay rates for 2009 do not show a 3.9% increase for their city or town. An average means that some will get more than 3.9% and some will get less. The base pay rate increase for 2009 is less than 3.9%. The 3.9% average is reached by taking into account locality pay rates. This means that some federal employees in some areas will get less because they are not in a locality pay area.
  • Federal employees support *McCain*, 51% to 46%,

    10/31/2008 12:28:02 PM PDT · by reprobate · 35 replies · 1,301+ views ^ | 10-31-08 |
    Is The Presidential Election Close? Very Close According to Latest (and Last) Survey Before the Election Friday, October 31, 2008 The shifting preferences in the American race for president have been volatile this year. We have periodically asked readers their opinion on the candidates. The federal workforce is large, diverse, and pays attention to political issues--and the results of these informal surveys have been consistent with national trends in the election process. In some cases, going back through the last election cycle in 2004, the opinions of our readers presaged similar trends among the general electorate. (cut) Several months ago,...
  • Federal Workers Owe Billions in Delinquent Taxes

    09/15/2008 10:38:35 AM PDT · by Sopater · 62 replies · 484+ views
    Fox News ^ | September 15, 2008
    WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service is trying to collect billions of dollars in late taxes from nearly half a million federal employees. Documents obtained by WTOP radio through the Freedom of Information Act show the federal employees and retirees did not pay more than $3.5 billion in taxes owed last year.
  • Law Grants Student Loan Forgiveness for Federal Employees

    10/26/2007 6:13:12 AM PDT · by meandog · 75 replies · 1,030+ views
    washington compost Page D04 ^ | Friday, September 28, 2007; | By Stephen Barr
    Public service employees -- federal workers, soldiers, nurses, firefighters and others -- will have an opportunity to qualify for student loan forgiveness under a law signed by President Bush yesterday. The law forgives outstanding education debt for public service employees who have made 10 years of monthly payments on their loans while serving full-time in government, public education or other positions related to public service.
  • Defense Employees Upset Over New Pay System

    10/16/2007 4:55:19 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 50 replies · 63+ views ^ | Oct 16 2007 | Stephen Barr
    In a letter to the Pentagon, Republicans Frank R. Wolf and Thomas M. Davis III and Democrat James P. Moran Jr. said they had been contacted by “numerous constituents gravely concerned” about their 2008 pay raise under the new program, called the National Security Personnel System or NSPS. “We must keep our promises to our employees,” the three wrote in the letter, sent last week. “It would be difficult if not impossible to recruit or retain employees if they knew they could not rely on their promised salaries.” The Pentagon, in a memo last month, said that about 110,000 employees...
  • Readers: Criminal Activity Increasing Among Federal Employees

    04/27/2006 1:31:47 PM PDT · by Marine Inspector · 17 replies · 623+ views ^ | April 26, 2006 | Ralph Smith
      Readers: Criminal Activity Increasing Among Federal EmployeesApril 26, 2006By Ralph Smith URL: Has there been a change in criminal activity among federal employees in recent years? No doubt, there are more cases reported about problems with criminal activity involving federal employees. Numerous news reports come out during the year about some activity that inevitably results in enriching the person or people involved in the activity. But is this because there is more news available or is it because more federal employees are involved in criminal activity? FedSmith asked the question because, as some of us are former federal...
  • Bush Plan vs Democrat Opposition on Social Security - As I see it. (Vanity)

    03/05/2005 8:03:24 AM PST · by CitizenM · 3 replies · 2,228+ views
    March 5, 2005 | CitizenM
    I tried to find a current topic where I could post this as a comment. However, I could not locate one that was appropriate; so I took the luxury of making this a Vanity post. This is as I see the issue of the Social Security debate now. I am over the age that any change would even affect me, so I have no gain either way. But I do have a huge concern for my children and grandchildren who will be subject to any decisions. Thus I feel the need and right to express my opinion.
  • 10 unions sue Rumsfeld, allege talks weren't held

    02/24/2005 10:45:18 AM PST · by Former Military Chick · 5 replies · 515+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | February 24, 2005 | Jane M. Von Bergen
    Ten labor unions representing 300,000 civilian employees of the U.S. Department of Defense filed a federal lawsuit yesterday against Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, saying Rumsfeld's department violated the law by refusing to negotiate changes in its labor-management system. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, comes after months of protests by the unions over proposals for a new National Security Personnel System, which Congress authorized for development in November 2003. The unions say the system, which seeks flexibility in hiring and assigning workers for security reasons, is using threats to security as a way to diminish the...
  • 4 Unions Sue Over New Rules for Homeland Security Workers

    01/27/2005 7:32:59 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies · 588+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 28, 2005 | ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 - Four unions filed suit on Thursday to prevent the Bush administration from carrying out the first phase of a personnel system that would give officials sweeping power to reward, punish and reassign federal employees. The suit was filed by career employees of the Homeland Security Department, challenging rules it issued on Wednesday. White House officials said the new procedures, affecting 110,000 employees, were a model for changes throughout the federal government. The unions asked the Federal District Court here to issue an injunction against the final rules, which will be published on Tuesday in The Federal...
  • Bush Signs Order to Raise Fed Workers' Pay

    12/30/2004 7:10:44 PM PST · by Willie Green · 18 replies · 755+ views
    Centre Daily Times ^ | Thu, Dec. 30, 2004 | Associated Press
    CRAWFORD, Texas - President Bush spelled out in greater detail Thursday the pay raise that takes effect Jan. 1 for federal workers, members of Congress, judges - even Vice President Dick Cheney. Congress passed the pay raises earlier this year, but Bush was required to sign an executive order detailing the pay hikes before the end of the year. He did so Thursday. The president's annual salary of $400,000 is not affected by the legislation. The cost-of-living raise lifts salaries for members of the House and Senate from $158,000 this year to $162,100 in 2005. The measure provides civil servants...
  • French Employee's Work Celebrates the Sloth Ethic

    08/14/2004 8:07:59 AM PDT · by ppaul · 34 replies · 1,168+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 8/14/04 | Craig S. Smith
    ARIS, Aug. 13 - Finally, instead of dissembling behind ambiguous notions of Gallic joie de vivre, someone in this leisurely land has declared outright that the French should eschew the Anglo-Saxon work ethic and openly embrace sloth.Corinne Maier, the author of "Bonjour Paresse," a sort of slacker manifesto whose title translates as "Hello Laziness," has become a countercultural heroine almost overnight by encouraging the country's workers to adopt her strategy of "active disengagement" - calculated loafing - to escape the horrors of disinterested endeavor."Imitate me, midlevel executives, white-collar workers, neo-slaves, the damned of the tertiary sector," Ms. Maier calls...
  • Federal Employees' Union Endorses Kerry

    06/28/2004 5:17:05 AM PDT · by palmer · 30 replies · 280+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Monday, June 28, 2004 | Christopher Lee
    The largest federal employee union will work to defeat President Bush in November after endorsing presumptive Democratic nominee John F. Kerry last week. ... Kerry, who has voted with the AFGE 88 percent of the time during his Senate career, also opposes private accounts in Social Security, favors spending more on veterans' health care and would strengthen Medicare and collective bargaining rights, said John Gage, the AFGE president. ... Gage said 5,000 AFGE members have volunteered to work on behalf of the Kerry campaign. The union plans to focus on states whose electoral votes appear to be up for grabs,...

    06/15/2004 6:30:54 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 17 replies · 276+ views
    Mountain States Legal Foundation ^ | June 1, 2004 | William Perry Pendley
    Last month, the General Accounting Office (GAO) made headlines with its report that scores of high ranking employees from eight federal agencies had degrees from bogus colleges or unaccredited schools. Worse yet, a GAO spokesman said, "It's a much larger problem than the evidence we have to date shows." That could be an understatement given that just three of the unaccredited schools the GAO examined revealed that 463 current or one-time students are federal employees. Still, some were unfazed; one wit commented: “I’m not as concerned with whether government workers have degrees as with whether they are working at all.”...
  • 62% of federal employees given bonuses, study finds

    05/17/2004 6:33:09 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 13 replies · 212+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | May 17, 2004BONUS0517 | Christopher Lee and Hal Straus
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Almost two-thirds of 1.6 million civilian full-time federal employees received merit bonuses or special time-off awards in fiscal 2002, according to an examination of federal records obtained by the Washington Post. Of the 62 percent who got awards, half received $811 or more. The typical bonus amounted to 1.6 percent of salary. The awards ranged from less than $100 to more than $25,000. At some agencies, more than 90 percent of workers in the General Schedule -- the 15-grade government pay system -- collected a bonus. Government-wide, about 2,900 employees received cash bonuses totaling more than $10,000...
  • Young find government jobs less attractive

    03/08/2004 10:14:41 PM PST · by kattracks · 9 replies · 186+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3/09/04 | Delphine Soulas
    <p>Fewer young people are attracted by the idea of a government service career than in the past, according to a survey that found those interested in such careers are more drawn to helping others than to earning good pay and benefits.</p>
  • Retroactive Pay Increase Is Just An Executive Order Away

    02/20/2004 3:33:58 AM PST · by SLB · 28 replies · 293+ views
    Federal Diary (The Washington Post) | 20 Feb 04 | Stephen Barr
    Bush administration officials appear to be wrapping up work on an executive order that would authorize the retroactive pay increase for federal employees approved by Congress last month. A draft of the order has been bouncing through various agencies for review and comment and could be put in final form at the White House in the next week or two. "The process of instituting the pay increase is moving forward expeditiously. We expect a final announcement soon," Chad Kolton, press secretary at the Office of Management and Budget, said yesterday. President Bush, on Jan. 23, signed the omnibus spending bill...
  • Federal workforce increased substantially under Bush

    01/26/2004 7:19:37 PM PST · by Anthem · 25 replies · 259+ views
    Scripps Howard News Service ^ | Jan. 22, 2004 | THOMAS HARGROVE
    WASHINGTON -- Big government is back. Since President Bush took office, the federal government's domestic civilian workforce has increased by more than 79,000 jobs, nearly a 5 percent increase. And the number of government workers paid at least $130,000 annually has tripled. Much of the increase came with the creation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security two years ago. But the nation's war on terrorism does not account for all of the rise. The Department of Health and Human Services, for example, has added 1,445 employees since President Bill Clinton left office. "We are seeing a general growth in...
  • Statement from the American Federation of Government Employees on the Bush Immigration Amnesty

    01/16/2004 6:28:04 PM PST · by Happy2BMe · 14 replies · 435+ views
    Statement from the American Federation of Government Employees on the Bush Immigration Amnesty Plan1/16/04 9:06:00 AM To: National Desk Contact: Enid Doggett of the American Federation of Government Employees, 202-639-6419WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Following is a statement from the American Federation of Government Employees on the Bush Immigration Amnesty Plan:"The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) condemns President Bush's immigration plan as a proposal that will overtly exploit some of the poorest workers in America and grant amnesty for millions of people who have illegally entered the country. "The plan does nothing to strengthen protections for wages, benefits...
  • Whoa! Speaker Hastert stiff-arms the Supremes

    01/03/2004 3:54:34 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 55 replies · 268+ views
    U.S. News- Washington Whispers ^ | 01/12/04 | Paul Bedard
    Despite a guaranteed job for life, free parking, and cool uniforms, federal judges are still whining about making less than, say, your average Michael Jackson superlawyer. The Supreme Court's chief justice, William Rehnquist, thought he had a deal late last year when Senate leaders and the White House warmed to a plan to "delink" judicial pay from the minimal annual congressional pay raise and get guaranteed yearly increases on top of their base $142,300-$198,600 salaries. He even thought he'd locked down an immediate hike of an average $25,000. But that was before his pay-plea team met with House Speaker Dennis...
  • Bush sets 2004 pay raise at 2 percent

    01/01/2004 6:44:47 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 4 replies · 252+ views
    Bush sets 2004 pay raise at 2 percent President Bush on Dec. 30 ordered a 2 percent 2004 pay raise for civil servants, but government workers may eventually receive a significantly higher raise if lawmakers approve the pending fiscal 2004 omnibus budget bill. In an executive order issued on Dec. 30, Bush called for a 1.5 percent across-the-board raise for civilian white-collar federal employees and a 0.5 percent increase in locality-based pay. Lawmakers would like to grant civil servants the same raise as uniformed military service members, but Bush has said that such an increase would be too costly...
  • President gives federal employees extra Christmas holiday

    12/10/2003 7:06:29 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 5 replies · 236+ views
    President gives federal employees extra Christmas holiday President Bush on Tuesday ordered executive branch agencies to close on Friday, Dec. 26, giving most federal employees a four-day Christmas weekend. Agency heads still have the authority to order some essential employees to their posts on the day after Christmas, according to an executive order issued Tuesday. The decision to award the extra holiday came earlier than last year when President Bush waited till Dec. 19 to award a half-day off for Christmas Eve, which fell on a Tuesday. But in 2001, Bush made the announcement a little earlier, on Dec....
  • Random Drug and Alcohol Testing of Federal Healthcare Employees

    10/28/2003 2:25:19 PM PST · by wastoute · 43 replies · 486+ views
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    O.K. This qualifies as a Vanity, I guess. I haven't done one in years, though, so please humor me. [p]I am a Federal Healthcare Employee who is also a Union Official. I recently was informed that a directive has been sent down from MEDCOM that we were to begin "Implementation and Impact" meetings with management about a NON-NEGOTIABLE requirement to add postions to the "Testing Designated Positions" list as provided by AR 600-85. [p]A little research reveals that AR 600-85 limits designating "Testing Designated Positions" to positions that meet defined criteria. Employees that carry firearms, operate vehicles over 26,000 lbs....
  • Baggage screeners push to unionize

    10/27/2003 3:27:59 PM PST · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 28 replies · 339+ views ^ | 10/27/03 | Brock N. Meeks
    Union leaders are pushing the Bush administration to allow some 50,000 federal airport baggage and passenger screeners the right to union representation, saying they’ll take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary. The push for collective-bargaining rights comes as the Transportation Security Administration has cut some 6,000 screener jobs at airports nationwide in an effort to get its budget under control, and near the one-year anniversary of the deadline to have a federal screener workforce in place. Ironically, the federal jobs themselves, created by congressional mandate in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, could be in jeopardy....
  • Unions upset Kerry, Edwards missed vote

    10/24/2003 10:44:13 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 208+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Saturday, October 25, 2003 | By Stephen Dinan
    <p>Democrats missed a good chance to try to defeat President Bush's competitive-sourcing initiative, which would privatize some government jobs, and unions are blaming presidential candidates Sens. John Edwards and John Kerry for missing the vote.</p> <p>"There's disappointment that senators who are presidential candidates were not there," said one union source who had been tracking the issue. "It seems they may have been blindsided by the schedule of the vote, and if that's the case, it's certainly understandable, but it's disappointing."</p>
  • Labor system eyed for security agency

    10/21/2003 1:02:17 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 132+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, October 21, 2003 | By Shaun Waterman
    <p>Administration officials and labor union representatives embarked yesterday on the ticklish and potentially difficult process of agreeing on a unified personnel system for the new Department of Homeland Security.</p> <p>The three-day public meeting in downtown Washington is examining a series of more than 50 options drawn up by a team from the Homeland Security Department and the Office of Personnel Management. A report of its discussions &#8212; but not recommendations &#8212; will be forwarded to Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and OPM chief Kay Coles James.</p>
  • House approves 4.1% civilian pay raise for 2004

    09/11/2003 10:24:34 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 9 replies · 242+ views
    House approves 4.1 civilian pay raise for 2004 By Tanya N. Ballard The House passed an appropriations bill Tuesday night that includes a 4.1 percent pay raise in 2004 for civilian and wage grade federal employees, spurning a Bush administration proposal to hold the federal, white-collar pay raise at 2 percent next year. “Unlike President Bush, the Congress understands and respects the valuable role our federal civilian employees play in providing for this country's defense,” said Rep. James Moran, D-Va., who sponsored an amendment to the 2004 Transportation-Treasury appropriations bill (H.R. 2989) along with House Minority Whip Steny...
  • DOE plans to reduce number of lie detector tests

    09/04/2003 9:07:29 AM PDT · by Sweet_Sunflower29 · 5 replies · 318+ views ^ | September 4, 2003
    The U.S. Department of Energy wants to scale back the number of nuclear weapons workers required to take lie detector tests. That according to written testimony that Deputy Energy Secretary Kyle McSlarrow was scheduled to deliver to a congressional committee Thursday. He says he’ll recommend substantially lowering the number of people that would be subject to polygraph screens. McSlarrow says the problem of innocent workers tarred by false polygraph results is too great to ignore. DOE officials had said in April they planned to continue polygraphing nuclear weapons workers as a way of trying to ferret out spies. Many scientists...
  • 'National Security' Part Of Bush Plan To Gut Civil Services

    09/04/2003 8:37:07 AM PDT · by Lance Romance · 32 replies · 269+ views
    Boston Channel ^ | 9-4-03 | Helen Thomas
    'National Security' Part Of Bush Plan To Gut Civil Services POSTED: 4:19 p.m. EDT September 3, 2003 The Bush administration is evoking "national security" as a powerful weapon to accomplish its twin goals of privatizing thousands of federal jobs and taking a whack at government unions. The administration's sales pitch is to raise the specter of terrorism and 9-11 -- a surefire way to scare Congress into backing plans to gut the Civil Service system. Congress passed the Civil Service Act in 1883 to end the spoils system, which based federal employment on nepotism and cronyism. The bad old days...
  • Bush Holds Federal Pay Raise to 2% in 2004

    08/28/2003 11:41:52 PM PDT · by anymouse · 2 replies · 268+ views
    Washington ComPost ^ | Thursday, August 28, 2003 | Christopher Lee
    President Bush exercised an escape clause in federal pay law yesterday that allows him to stick to his proposed 2 percent pay raise for civilian employees next year rather than agree to a formula that would trigger an increase of about 15 percent. In a letter to congressional leaders, Bush said the larger increase "would threaten our efforts against terrorism or force deep cuts in discretionary spending or federal employment to stay within budget." Presidents have routinely used a loophole in the 1990 Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act, which was designed to close a "pay gap" between federal and private...
  • Bush Plans to Cut Federal Pay Raises

    08/28/2003 5:56:29 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 9 replies · 388+ views
    AP ^ | 8/28/03 | LEIGH STROPE
    Citing a national emergency that has existed since the 2001 terrorist attacks, President Bush (news - web sites) said Wednesday he will cut the pay raises that most civilian federal employees were to receive in January. AP Photo In a letter to congressional leaders, Bush said he was using his authority to change the pay structure in times of "national emergency or serious economic conditions" to limit raises to 2 percent. Federal employees covered by the government's general schedule pay system were to receive a 2.7 percent across-the-board boost of basic pay and also an increase based on private-sector wages...
  • Bush limits pay raise for federal civilian workers because of war; citing national emergency

    08/27/2003 6:01:03 PM PDT · by Brian S · 84 replies · 445+ views
    <p>Citing a national emergency that has existed since the 2001 terrorist attacks, President Bush said Wednesday he will cut the pay raises that most civilian federal employees were to receive in January.</p> <p>In a letter to congressional leaders, Bush said he was using his authority to change the pay structure in times of "national emergency or serious economic conditions" to limit raises to 2 percent.</p>
  • Bush Limits Raises for Federal Workers

    08/28/2003 12:08:44 AM PDT · by kattracks · 6 replies · 204+ views
    8/28/03 | AP
    WASHINGTON, Aug 28, 2003 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- President Bush, citing the costs of the war on terrorism, has decided to cut the pay raise most federal workers are to receive next year. In a letter Wednesday to congressional leaders, Bush said he was using his authority to change the pay structure in times of "national emergency or serious economic conditions" to limit raises to 2 percent. The move affects federal employees covered by the government's general schedule pay system, who were to receive a 2.7 percent across-the-board boost of basic pay and also an increase based on...
  • Bush to Allow Private Sector Bids (Wait until you hear Federal Unions SCREAM!)

    11/14/2002 10:09:41 AM PST · by PhiKapMom · 72 replies · 4,608+ views
    Associated Press AOL Update Email | 14 Nov 2002 | R. Fournier
    Bush to Allow Private Sector Bids By RON FOURNIER The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush plans to subject as many as 850,000 federal jobs to competition from the private sector, administration officials said Thursday, a sweeping reform long sought by Republicans and stiffly opposed by labor unions. Nearly half of the government's civilian work force could be affected by the plan to be published in the Federal Register on Friday. After a 30-day public review period, Bush can impose the new rules without congressional approval. ``This is inherent to getting the taxpayers the best deal for their dollars...
  • Grandma Beats Up Airport Security Guards

    05/29/2002 8:10:28 AM PDT · by prophetic · 37 replies · 580+ views
    Lew Rockwell ^ | may 27, 2002 | Bob Wallace
    <p>Charges were dropped yesterday against Ruth "Grammy" Gordon, an 83-year-old wheelchair-bound grandmother, who was originally charged with assault and battery, and assault with a deadly weapon, because an altercation she had last week with six airport security guards, that left all six hospitalized.</p>