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  • 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...
  • 77,000 feds paid more than governorsGovernment salaries put under scrutiny

    06/01/2011 8:09:08 AM PDT · by yoe · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 31, 2011 | Stephen Dinan
    More than 77,000 federal government employees throughout the country — including computer operators, more than 5,000 air traffic controllers, 22 librarians and one interior designer — earned more than the governors of the states in which they work. The findings, from a Congressional Research Service report requested by Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, were released at a time when public workers’ salaries and benefits are under scrutiny across the country as governments try to streamline. CRS reviewed 2009 salary figures, the most recent available, and found 77,057 employees who earned more in annual pay than their respective governors. Of those...
  • FACT CHECK: Are federal workers overpaid? [retread zot]

    04/11/2011 3:26:07 PM PDT · by Got Long Form? · 22 replies
    AP ^ | 4/7/11 | Sam Hananel
    Republican leaders in Congress think so, and they are calling for an overhaul of the entire federal pay system to help slash government spending. Democrats and other defenders of the government work force say federal workers are actually underpaid compared with their private counterparts. A closer look at the data shows that both sides have a point but that supporters of federal workers are a bit closer to reality.... That argument is backed up by a 2002 study of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. It found that federal salaries for most professional and administrative jobs lagged well behind compensation offered...
  • Federal employees who don’t pay their taxes should be fired

    03/08/2011 11:24:30 AM PST · by xtinct · 22 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/8/2011 | Jason Chaffetz
    If you’re collecting a federal paycheck, you should pay federal taxes. That’s the premise of a bill I introduced last week to require federal employees to pay their taxes or be fired. The IRS reports that 100,000 federal civilian employees are seriously delinquent on their federal taxes. These aren’t just people who fell behind. These are people who have actively defied IRS letters and phone calls seeking payment. In 2009, the US government failed to collect $1 billion a year from federal employees alone. While the number of delinquent federal employees has remained fairly constant since 2004, the amount owed...
  • Leviathan (Uncle Sam employs more people than you think)

    02/03/2011 7:22:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/03/2011 | Iain Murray
    How many Americans work in government? That’s a difficult question to answer. Officially, as of 2009, the federal government employed 2.8 million individuals out of a total U.S. workforce of 236 million — just over 1 percent of the workforce. But it’s not quite as simple as that. Add in uniformed military personnel, and the figure goes up to just under 4.4 million. There are also 66,000 people who work in the legislative branch and for federal courts. That makes the figure around 2 percent of the workforce. Yet even that doesn’t tell the full story. A lot of government...
  • examiner.com - Federal employees can make tax deductible gun rights gifts 'till Jan. 17th

    11/29/2010 7:34:14 PM PST · by majstoll
    examiner.com ^ | November 29, 2010 | Mike Stollenwerk
    “Recognizing the needs are greater than ever, OPM granted the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area . . . an extension of the campaign solicitation period to January 17, 2011. Federal employees can pledge funds to . . . [m]ore than 4,000 local, national and international charities.” What is the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)? It’s the federal government’s massive annual effort to encourage federal employees and military members to make payroll deductions to certain charitable organizations. “As always, CFC donations are tax deductible.” . . .
  • Government Employees Owe Billions in Delinquent Taxes

    11/16/2010 9:48:56 AM PST · by kcvl · 5 replies
    The federal agency with the largest back-tax bill? The US Postal Service, where hundreds of thousands of employees owed a total of more than $283 million, said the report. Also high on the list is the Department of Veterans Affairs, where employees had more than $156 million in back taxes. The biggest group, though, is retired military personnel. That group owed more than $1.5 billion dollars. And even the White House folks are behind in their taxes. Employees in the executive office of the president, which includes nearly 2,000 employees, owed more than $831,000 to Uncle Sam, the IRS found....
  • Acquisition Reform Plays Key Role in Pentagon's Cost Savings

    07/16/2010 12:16:12 AM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies
    DEFENSE.gov (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE) ^ | July 15, 2010 | Lisa Daniel
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Acquisition Reform Plays Key Role in Pentagon’s Cost Savings By Lisa Daniel American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, July 15, 2010 – The Defense Department has the opportunity to save billions of taxpayer dollars through acquisitions reform, but only if it grows its workforce with the right federal workers in place to oversee contracts, a senior Pentagon official said today. “There is a significant opportunity to save billions of dollars, but only if we have a well-trained and sufficient workforce,” Shay Assad, the acting director of the department’s procurement and acquisition policy, said during...
  • 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.
  • Memorandum Regarding Extension of Benefits to Same-Sex Domestic Partners of Federal Employees

    06/04/2010 5:12:29 AM PDT · by luckybogey · 7 replies · 232+ views
    OPM ^ | June 2, 1010 | John Berry
    ...in a memorandum dated June 2, 2010, President Obama directed agencies to extend a host of benefits to their employees’ same-sex domestic partners as permitted by law. He also directed me to issue guidance to ensure consistent and appropriate implementation of his memorandum. This memorandum constitutes OPM’s guidance.I. DEFINITION OF “DOMESTIC PARTNER” For purposes of ensuring consistent implementation of the President’s memorandum, a “domestic partner” is a person in a domestic partnership with an employee or annuitant of the same sex.[1] The term “domestic partnership” is defined as a committed relationship between two adults, of the same sex, in which...
  • How many people work for the federal government?

    04/07/2010 8:49:11 PM PDT · by cradle of freedom · 38 replies · 1,290+ views
    Does anyone know how many people actually work for the federal government?
  • Rep. Chaffetz proposes firing federal workers who are tax cheats

    03/03/2010 1:57:19 PM PST · by freespirited · 27 replies · 758+ views
    Wapo ^ | 03/03/10 | Ed O'Keefe
    If you work for Uncle Sam, but you don’t pay him after he pays you, look out for Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R- Utah). “Fire Federal Employees Who Are Not Paying Their Federal Income Taxes.” That’s the headline on a news release Chaffetz issued Wednesday, announcing legislation that would terminate federal workers who have a “seriously delinquent tax debt.” Currently, only IRS staffers can be dismissed if they don’t pay their taxes. “Federal employees have an obvious obligation to pay their federal income taxes,” said Chaffetz. “Because they draw their compensation from the American taxpayers, federal employees owe it to the...
  • Senators Lieberman, Collins Astounded DHS Contract Workers Exceed Number of Civilian Employees

    02/24/2010 2:53:40 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 32 replies · 1,436+ views
    (ENEWSPF) ^ | February 24, 2010
    WASHINGTON—(ENEWSPF)—February 24, 2010. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., and Ranking Member Susan Collins, R-Me., Wednesday questioned the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security about the high ratio of contractors to civilian employees within the DHS workforce. According to DHS estimates, the first the Committee has received despite years of informal requests for these numbers, the Department has 188,000 civilian employees (not including uniformed members of the Coast Guard) and 200,000 contractors working for it – for a total workforce of almost 400,000. “To me, this is just a shocking and unacceptable number,” Lieberman said...
  • A Long Slide in Union Membership (except in government)

    02/14/2010 4:07:20 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 8 replies · 377+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 13, 2010 | Phyllis Korkki
    Some might say it’s a good thing, others might say the opposite, but there’s no denying that union membership is declining in the United States. Last year, 12.3 percent of wage and salary workers were union members, compared with 20.1 percent in 1983, the first year for which the federal government compiled comparable data. A greater share of public- than private-sector workers belong to unions. Last year local government workers — like teachers, police officers and firefighters — had the highest rate of public sector membership, at 43.3 percent. The figures show a gender differential. More men (13.3 percent) are...
  • Guess Who?

    02/13/2010 10:10:15 PM PST · by morgc · 8 replies · 361+ views
    Controversial Politics.com | 2/13/10 | ControversialPolitics.com
    Guess who is getting a pay raise? Who least deserves a pay raise? Obama is proposing that those who deserve it the least, federal employees should get a 1.4% pay increase while millions of Americans are out of work and struggling to pay taxes. Taxes that Obama is trying to increase. To further salt the wound for taxpayers, the Census Bureau reports that in 2009 Federal Employees earned on average 21% more than workers in the private sector, (ibid). The
  • Federal Government in Washington DC CLOSED on Thursday (Fourth Day in a Row)

    02/10/2010 4:00:36 PM PST · by Poundstone · 44 replies · 839+ views
    Office of Personnel Management ^ | February 10, 2010 | OPM
    Federal Government Operating Status in the Washington, DC, Area the following message applies only to Thursday, February 11, 2010 Notice: Due to very high volume traffic access to all other OPM.gov pages has been modified. Select the following link to proceed to opm.gov. Select the follwing link to access e-QIP at its temporary address. Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are CLOSED. This Means . . . Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are closed. Nonemergency employees (including employees on pre-approved leave) will be granted excused absence for the number of hours they were scheduled to work. This...
  • Federal Government in Washington DC CLOSED on Wednesday, February 10

    02/09/2010 4:20:06 PM PST · by Poundstone · 24 replies · 636+ views
    Office of Personnel Management ^ | February 9, 2010 | OPM
    Federal Government Operating Status in the Washington, DC, Area the following message applies only to Wednesday, February 10, 2010 Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are CLOSED. This Means . . . Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are closed. Nonemergency employees (including employees on pre-approved leave) will be granted excused absence for the number of hours they were scheduled to work. This does not apply to employees on leave without pay, leave without pay for military duty, workers' compensation, suspension, or in another nonpay status. Telework employees may be expected to work from their telework sites, as...
  • Government Workers Make 45 Percent More Than Private Sector Employees

    02/09/2010 2:16:13 PM PST · by ezfindit · 66 replies · 1,300+ views
    CDS ^ | 2/9/2010 | Chris Banescu
    A new report from the Bureaus of Labor Statistics that was released today, shows that almost 15 million Americans are currently out of work and unable to find jobs. Worse still, those with jobs have not seen their wages increase much in the last 10 years. However, government workers are enjoying a boom in hiring and generous salary increases thanks in large part to very cushy pensions and other benefits. The pay differential between public sector employees and the private sector shows a troubling trend. Government workers have benefited greatly, even during the severe recession, and their wages now outpace...
  • Federal Government in Washington DC CLOSED on Tuesday

    02/08/2010 4:39:03 PM PST · by Poundstone · 35 replies · 785+ views
    Office of Personnel Management ^ | February 8, 2010 | OPM
    Federal Government Operating Status in the Washington, DC, Area the following message applies only to Tuesday, February 9, 2010 Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are CLOSED. This Means . . . Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are closed. Nonemergency employees (including employees on pre-approved leave) will be granted excused absence for the number of hours they were scheduled to work. This does not apply to employees on leave without pay, leave without pay for military duty, workers' compensation, suspension, or in another nonpay status. Telework employees may be expected to work from their telework sites, as...
  • Public-sector Unions Bleed Taxpayers to Help Dems

    02/08/2010 3:44:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 616+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 8, 2010 | Michael Barone
    Growing up in Michigan in the heyday of the United Auto Workers, I long assumed that labor unions were part of the natural order of things. That's no longer clear. Last month, the Labor Department reported that private-sector unions lost 834,000 members last year and now represent only 7.2 percent of private-sector employees. That's down from the all-time peak of 36 percent in 1953-54. But union membership is still growing in the public sector. Last year, 37.4 percent of public sector employees were union members. That percentage was down near zero in the 1950s. For the first time in history,...