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  • Trump upsets another special interest group: Porn Addicts

    03/11/2017 4:00:47 AM PST · by NYer · 82 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 11, 2017 | Monica Showalter
    The Trump administration has made life miserable for yet another special-interest group: Porn-watching perverts "working" at federal agencies RT reports: A House committee on oversight has approved prohibiting federal employees from using government computers and devices to watch pornography on the job. On Wednesday, the House Oversight Committee unanimously approved House Resolution 680, entitled the “Eliminating Pornography from Agencies Act.” The legislation, sponsored by Congressman Mark Meadows (R-North Carolina), would require the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to issue new guidelines within 90 days to “prohibit the access of a pornographic or other explicit web site from...
  • Federal workers planning sabotage of the Trump administration

    02/12/2017 8:20:20 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 51 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12 Feb, 2017 | Ed Straker
    Conservative talk show host Mark Levin is fond of saying that when liberals win elections, they run the country, and when they lose elections, they also run the country. That's because liberals control much of the media, the judiciary, and especially the bureaucracy, regardless of who wins the election. Bureaucrats in the federal government, unhappy with the results of the election, feel they should be the ones to decide how America is run, and they are plotting their resistance to President Trump. At the Environmental Protection Agency, a group of scientists strategized this past week about how to slow-walk President...
  • Fed Employees Coordinate With Obama Officials To Thwart Trump Initiatives

    02/02/2017 8:01:46 AM PST · by rktman · 28 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 2/1/2017 | Chris White
    Federal employees are working closely with former Obama administration officials to thwart future President Donald Trumps policies and initiatives, according to a report published by The Washington Post. Federal workers regularly consult with Obama-era political appointees about ways they can push back and potentially stymie Trumps initiatives, according to the report. Dozens of federal workers attended a support group last weekend for civil servants seeking a place to hash out their issues with the Trump administration. Nearly 200 or more federal employees, many of whom worked for the Obama administration, have signed up for workshops meant to train people in...
  • Fed Employees Coordinate With Obama Officials To Thwart Trump Initiatives

    02/02/2017 7:36:54 AM PST · by ColdOne · 71 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 2/2/17 | Chris White
    Federal employees are working closely with former Obama administration officials to thwart future President Donald Trumps policies and initiatives, according to a report published by The Washington Post. Federal workers regularly consult with Obama-era political appointees about ways they can push back and potentially stymie Trumps initiatives, according to the report. Dozens of federal workers attended a support group last weekend for civil servants seeking a place to hash out their issues with the Trump administration. Nearly 200 or more federal employees, many of whom worked for the Obama administration, have signed up for workshops meant to train
  • How to Stop Coup of the Bureaucrats: Cut the Departments

    02/01/2017 10:21:00 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 76 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | 2-1-2017 | Joel B. Pollak
    TheWashington Post reported Tuesday evening https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/resistance-from-within-federal-workers-push-back-against-trump/2017/01/that there is a growing wave of opposition from the federal workers charged with implementing President Donald Trumps agenda. What Breitbart News called the coup of the bureaucrats earlier this week is well under way, with apparent coordination by former Obama administration officials working on the outside: (snip) ..... As former Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services Tevi Troy wrote recently, in recalling challenges George W. Bush faced in confronting thebureaucracy, firing is usually not an option: Another thing we learned about early on was the lifetime tenure rulestechnically known as civil-service protections. These...
  • Report: At Least 180 Federal Workers Planning to Disobey Trump Administration

    02/01/2017 2:03:32 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 159 replies
    Townhall ^ | February 1, 2017 | Justin Holcomb
    President Donald Trump surely realizes that most workers employed by the federal government diabolically oppose his views of America. According to a newreport, at least 180 of those employees "have signed up for a workshop featuring expert advice on workers rights and expressing civil disobedience." Also,dozens morefederal workers have attended a support groups for discussing opposition to the Trump administration. As President Trump settles into the White House, he will have to start examining ways to expeditehis transitionfrom the top down. His agenda is nothing more than words in the long term if the people working for him fail to...
  • Obama rushes to fill dozens of federal jobs before leaving office

    01/17/2017 5:34:36 AM PST · by akalinin · 29 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 17 2017 | Daniel Halper
    President Obama rushed to fill nearly 100 federal government vacancies during a frenzy of appointments in his final few weeks in office. Since the new year, Obama has named 72 people to federal job openings and nominated another 17 for positions requiring Senate confirmation, according to CBS reporter Mark Knoller.
  • Trump Eyes 10% Spending Cuts, 20% Slash Of Federal Workers

    01/17/2017 6:49:57 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 114 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 01/17/17 | PAUL BEDARD
    Making good on a promise to slash government, President-elect Trump has asked his incoming team to pursue spending and staffing cuts. Insiders said that the spending reductions in some departments could go as high as 10 percent and staff cuts to 20 percent, numbers that would rock Washington if he follows through. At least two so-called "landing teams" in Cabinet agencies have relayed the call for cuts as part of their marching orders to shrink the flab in government. The cuts would target discretionary spending, not mandated programs such as Medicare or Social Security, the sources said. The spending reductions...
  • Boom: Trump eyes 10% spending cuts, 20% slash of federal workers

    01/17/2017 7:58:01 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 63 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 17,2017 | PAUL BEDARD
    Making good on a promise to slash government, President-elect Trump has asked his incoming team to pursue spending and staffing cuts. Insiders said that the spending reductions in some departments could go as high as 10 percent and staff cuts to 20 percent, numbers that would rock Washington if he follows through. At least two so-called "landing teams" in Cabinet agencies have relayed the call for cuts as part of their marching orders to shrink the flab in government. The cuts would target discretionary spending, not mandated programs such as Medicare or Social Security, the sources said. The spending reductions...
  • Boom: Trump eyes 10% spending cuts, 20% slash of federal workers

    01/17/2017 7:48:38 AM PST · by Degaston · 17 replies
    Could it be true? Federal Government layoffs? We see businesses doing it all the time while the bureaucrats seem to think they have a right to a job for life.
  • House Republicans revive obscure rule that allows them to slash the pay of [federal workers to $1]

    01/06/2017 5:50:50 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 81 replies
    WaPo ^ | Jenna Portnoy and Lisa Rein
    House Republicans this week reinstated an arcane procedural rule that enables lawmakers to reach deep into the budget and slash the pay of an individual federal worker down to $1 a move that threatens to upend the 130-year-old civil service. The Holman Rule, named after an Indiana congressman who devised it in 1876, empowers any member of Congress to propose amending an appropriations bill to single out a government employee or cut a specific program. The use of the rule would not be simple; a majority of the House and the Senate would still have to approve any...
  • Federal workers eye $40,000 'buyout' to duck Trump jobs freeze, cuts

    01/03/2017 9:50:17 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 39 replies
    As President-elect Trump readies to take control of Washington where he has promised a hiring freeze or worse, worried are federal workers are looking to a new $40,000 buyout program set up at the Pentagon but expected to be expanded to other departments. Several trade publications that cover federal workers and legislation said that the buyout, increased in legislation from $25,000, will likely be a hit in the Defense Department as the Pentagon moves to cut headquarters staff. The cash is available to civilian bureaucrats. It was included in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017. Some federal...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • Federal Workforce Diversity: Why Agencies Seek Out Minority Workers

    09/06/2015 9:00:36 AM PDT · by dennisw · 29 replies
    .monster.com ^ | Dan Woog / Monster.com
    African Americans make up 17.4 percent of the federal workforce, as compared to 10.1 percent of the civilian labor force. But the percentage of African Americans drops dramatically with each rise in job grade. They hold 27.6 percent of the lowest positions (GS 1-4), 25.8 percent of GS 5-8, 15.7 percent of GS 9-12, 10.9 percent of GS 13-15 and just 6.9 percent of Senior Pay levels. Advance Your Career Hispanics make up just 7.3 percent of the federal workforce versus 12.6 percent of the civilian labor force. They hold about 9 percent of the GS 1-4 and 5-8 job...
  • Federal workers' union sues US over hack, says OPM had ample warning

    06/29/2015 7:59:26 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 15 replies
    AP via Stars and Stripes ^ | 06/26/2015 | KEN DILANIAN
    The largest federal employee union filed a class action lawsuit Monday against the federal personnel office, its leaders and one of its contractors, arguing that negligence contributed to what government officials are calling one of the most damaging cyberthefts in U.S. history. The suit by the American Federation of Government Employees names the Office of Personnel Management, its director, Katherine Archuleta, and its chief information officer, Donna Seymour. It also names Keypoint Government Solutions, an OPM contractor
  • 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...
  • Taxpayers foot bill for union work, lawmakers seek changes

    03/26/2015 9:44:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 26, 2015 | John Roberts
    When he arrived on Capitol Hill in January, freshman Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., discovered something he had no clue was going on. Hundreds of federal employees spend their entire workday -- not doing the business of the government, but working for their unions. Hice told Fox News he was shocked by what he found. "Waste on an egregious level by federal employees who are taking taxpayer monies and using it for purposes other than the reason they were hired," Hice said. It's called "official time," and it was sanctioned into law by Congress in 1978. Lawmakers voted to allow federal...
  • Obama to Business: I Know How To Run Your Company Better Than You Do

    01/15/2015 2:00:12 PM PST · by jazusamo · 77 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2015 | Conn Carroll
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said today that President Obama knows how to run small businesses better than small business owners. Asked what the White House message to small business owners who are concerned Obama's proposed new mandatory paid sick leave policy could hurt their bottom line, Earnest replied, "I think the president would have a different view which is to say that this is good business and I think there are any number of examples I can site for you where businesses have chosen to put in place these policies and it's served to reduce the turnover...
  • Obama to push for mandatory paid leave

    01/14/2015 2:57:20 PM PST · by jazusamo · 76 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 14, 2015 | Lydia Wheeler
    The White House will announce a major push Thursday to require paid leave for American workers. In a blog post on LinkedIn Wednesday, Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to the President, said Obama will sign a memorandum to ensure federal employees have access to at least six weeks of paid sick leave when a new child arrives. The president will also call on Congress to offer six weeks of paid administrative leave. We can't say we stand for family values when so many women in this country have to jeopardize their financial security just to take a few weeks off...
  • Federal Eye: More than 25,000 federal workers to lose their health plans next year

    11/06/2014 2:28:04 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    MSN ^ | 11/06/14
    More than 25,000 federal employees will lose their health plans next year as insurance providers drop out of the governments coverage network, according to the Office of Personnel Management. Affected workers will have the option of switching to other plans within the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, but the number of disruptions will reach the highest level since more than 61,000 enrollees had to change plans in 2009. Insurance providers drop out of the federal workforces health program every year, so this years changes are nothing new. Companies generally leave the network because they have not attracted enough enrollees to...
  • Shrinking Government and Seeing a Shrink

    08/19/2014 10:40:45 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 4 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 8/18/14 | Richard Fernandez
    The National Treasury Employees Union has a PDF document on its website which shows why any attempt to shrink the government is foredoomed. The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) is an independent labor union representing approximately 150,000 employees of 30 agencies of the United States government. The union specializes in representation of non-supervisory federal employees in every classification and pay level in civilian agencies. The document urges NTEU members to oppose a list of bad bills now before congress. Here is the list of bad bills verbatim. LEGISLATION PROPOSING REDUCTIONS IN PAY, BENEFITS AND THE SIZE OF THE WORKFORCE H.R....
  • IG finds dozens of federal workers watched TV and did laundry on the clock and got bonuses

    08/01/2014 1:44:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/01/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    For years, a particularly enthusiastic entrepreneur pitched his book that purported to show how Americans could get government cash for free — free except for the cost of his book, anyway. It turns out that getting free cash from Uncle Sam is even easier than he promised. The Commerce Department’s Inspector General did an investigation of the Patent and Trademark Office after receiving whistleblower complaints about waste, and discovered that dozens of employees got paid for years of arduous duty … such as watching TV, surfing the Internet, and doing their laundry.The best part? Some of them got thousands...
  • Obama Goes Around Congress Again to Expand Health Coverage for Federal Workers

    07/28/2014 5:12:20 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 10 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | july 28, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The Obama administration on Tuesday will publish a proposed rule that would give thousands of temporary and seasonal government workers access to the governments health care program, even though current law would appear to prohibit them from using that program. The rule from the Office of Personnel Management would let these federal workers sign up for coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, and also allow some of them to enjoy a government contribution to their insurance premiums. Both steps would be done through OPMs proposed regulation, and not through an act of Congress. The proposed rule indicates that...
  • IRS: 318,000 FED WORKERS OWE $3.3B IN BACK TAXES

    05/23/2014 6:56:56 AM PDT · by shove_it · 17 replies
    AP/Drudge ^ | 22 May 2014 | ALAN FRAM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- From workers in Congress and at the White House to active duty troops, more than 318,000 federal employees and retirees owe just over $3.3 billion in back taxes, the Internal Revenue Service said Thursday. That works out to nearly 3.3 percent of all 9.8 million federal workers and retirees who are behind on their taxes, which is significantly lower than the proportion of delinquent taxpayers in the overall population. The IRS said it estimates that to be at least 8.7 percent...
  • 63% of Federal Workers Earning $100K+ Are Men

    03/27/2014 1:05:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 26, 2014 - 4:58 PM | Ali Meyer
    Sixty-three percent of the federal civilian workers who earned an annual salary of $100,000 or more in 2013 were men, according to data from the Office of Personnel Management. An OPM databaseFedScopecontains historical data on the federal civilian workforce going back to 1998. The database contains information about civilian federal workers employed by most Executive Branch agencies (excluding intelligence agencies, the White House, and the Office of the Vice President) and some Legislative Branch agencies. It does not include employees of the Judiciary Branch or congressional staff.
  • 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: Its 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 Obamas 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...
  • The Employment Situation of Nonessential Federal Workers

    11/13/2013 7:32:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13, 2013 | Political Calculations
    Going by age demographics, the October 2013 Employment Situation Report released last Friday revealed the following numbers. 578,000 fewer adults (Age 25 and above) were counted as having jobs in the household survey portion of the report.22,000 fewer young adults (Age 20-24) were counted as being employed in October 2013.135,000 fewer teens (Age 16-19) were working in October 2013. The big story, of course, was the partial federal government shut down that saw 815,932 government workers be furloughed at the beginning of October 2013. Here though, that number was quickly cut nearly in half as the Defense department recalled most...
  • Issa: Extend fed-worker health plan to all Americans

    10/25/2013 8:50:33 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 25, 2013 | By Josh Hicks
    A top Republican has proposed legislation that would allow all Americans to enroll in the health plan used by federal employees and members of Congress. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who introduced the bill, said the measure would address some of the nations key healthcare challenges. This is a free-market approach to healthcare with government playing the very limited role of helping small businesses and individuals come together to get a better price for healthcare much like larger businesses can already negotiate on their own, Issa said in a statement Thursday. Reps. William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) and...
  • Furlough Freebies: Food, drinks and more Live (FREE STUFF FOR BUREAUCRATS!!)

    10/15/2013 9:36:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    WTOP-FM Live Blog ^ | October 15, 2013
    The federal government shutdown is here, and that means some places around town are offering freebies. Most of these deals are reserved for government workers only, but some are open to everyone. Furloughed workers receive 50% off weekday bookings to @GoApeUSA until 10/18 with Federal ID! Use code "FEDS50" to book at www.goape.com. by GoApeUSA 7:54 PM Reply Permalink ALL performances of Marry Me a Little FREE this weekend for govt employees with promo code GOVT at bpt.me (govt ID required) by cauldronevents 7:54 PM 2:40 PM TwitterOldDominionBrewhouse @OldDominionBrew Week 3 of the Government Shutdown! Happy Hour ALL DAY at...
  • Hyundai defers payments for government workers

    10/02/2013 4:38:54 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Hyundai is offering to defer car payments for federal workers kept from their jobs by the government shutdown. The automaker announced on Tuesday that it would allow Hyundai owners to stop making car payments for as long as the shutdown keeps them out of work.
  • FedSmith.com Users Overwhelmingly Reject Inclusion in New Health Care Program

    08/08/2013 1:17:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    FedSmith.com ^ | August 8, 2013
    With a national debate still going on as the new national health care plan (Obamacare) is taking effect, what do federal employees think of the new system? This week, we asked their views on being included in the new health care exchanges. There is apparently little debate among the federal workforce. Federal employees do not want to be part of the new system. Instead, they prefer to keep their current health plan based on a survey with about 2500 readers responding. Employees who are already retired have a much stronger negative reaction to being moved to a new system. Those...
  • Federal Workers Got $155M in Tax Dollars to Work for Labor Unions

    07/30/2013 9:23:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 30, 2013 - 3:50 PM | Alissa Tabirian
    Federal employees were paid more than $155 million of taxpayer dollars in 2011 for spending more than 3.4 million hours of official time on labor union activities that fell outside their assigned government duties, according to a survey by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Voluntary membership in Federal sector unions results in considerable reliance by unions on the volunteer work of bargaining unit employees, rather than paid union business agents, to represent the union in representational matters such as collective bargaining and grievances, the OPM stated. But these volunteers were doing their union work on government time.
  • GOP bill would force federal workers onto health-care exchanges

    04/30/2013 6:20:50 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/30/13 | Josh Hicks
    A new Republican House proposal would push federal workers off their employer-sponsored health plan and onto the insurance exchanges being established under the Affordable Care Act. Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, introduced the bill Friday after talk on the Hill that Democrats were trying to exempt members of Congress and their staffs from a provision in current law that requires them to enroll in the exchanges in 2014. Camps measure would extend that policy to all federal workers except active-duty military members and postal workers. If the Obamacare exchanges are good enough for...
  • Overpaid and Underworked Federal Employees? Its Not Just a Perception

    03/11/2013 4:38:05 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 49 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 3/1/2013 | Jason Richwine
    The Washington Post has a sympathetic article today on federal workers who consider themselves unfair victims of the sequester. Unfortunately, the article does not consider data and evidence, instead characterizing criticism of federal worker compensation as mere assertion, jealous emotionalism, or politicking. Federal employees are upset about perceptions of government work, according to the people interviewed for the story. They have to defend themselves from arguments about excessive compensation and short working hours. They are the target of popular rage because the private sector is frustrated, even jealous. There is a drumbeat of negativity, ritual denunciation, and bashing of federal...
  • GOP Senator: Obama's golf weekend cost 341 federal workers a pay cut

    03/02/2013 10:22:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/02/2013 | Rick Moran
    Daniel Halper at Weekly Standard quotes Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions who really goes after the president and the Democrats for their refusal to negotiate on the sequester: "Replacing the sequester would require the President to save $85 billion out of a $3,500 billion federal budget. One would think that any President would leap at the opportunity to make government more effective and responsive. But what does the President do instead? He says Republicans are 'cutting vital services for children' in order to 'benefit the well-off and well-connected.' This has been the strategy now for years: block any attempt to reform...
  • 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 youre an overpaid and underworked leech.
  • 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...
  • So, Why Don't We Ask For An Immediate 15% tax Hike on All "Rich" Federal Workers?

    12/06/2012 10:52:53 AM PST · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 43 replies
    NA | 12-6-2012 | RA Cook
    So, Obama is fixated - to the point of a "religious" Crusading zealotry - with raising taxes on the rich? (Even if it means reducing total tax revenues by stifling the economy, sending us back into an ever-steady recession.) OK. So, even if it won't clear the deficit, why don't we " raise taxes on the rich" ... by passing an immediate, across the board "progressive" tax on all non-defense federal employees and retirees? Anyone making a total of over $150,000.00 per year (bonus and salary and retirements) gets a 15% tax. Anyone making a total of over $100,000.00 per...
  • Federal Workers to Congress: Leave Us Out of Deficit Deal

    11/20/2012 11:25:03 PM PST · by Abiotic · 108 replies
    The National Journal ^ | November 20th, 2012 | Eric Katz
    The Federal-Postal Coalition -- a group representing more than two dozen federal employee unions -- pleaded with Congress on Monday to spare their members in any deal related to the "fiscal cliff." Federal workers, the coalition wrote in a letter, have contributed more than their fair share toward reducing the debt and are the only group that has been targeted so heavily. Federal and postal employees and their families are hardworking, middle-class Americans who are struggling during these tough times just like other Americans, the group wrote. No other group has been asked to financially contribute the way they have,...
  • Retired president of Border Patrol union indicted

    08/16/2012 5:38:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Seattle Post Intelligence ^ | August 16, 2012
    SAN DIEGO (AP) The retired, longtime president of the National Border Patrol Union was indicted Thursday for diverting thousands of dollars in union funds for personal use, federal prosecutorssaid. The indictment says Bonner used the position he held for more than two decades to obtain payment for supposedly union-related work and travel that were in factpersonal. "These false claims included periods of time when Bonner was actually visiting his mistress in Chicago or family members, as well as trips to attend non-union activities such as hockey games and other sporting events," the indictment.
  • DOJ 'peacemakers' helped Sanford stay cool amid rising tensions

    04/15/2012 9:36:08 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 75 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | April 15, 2012 | Arelis R. Hernndez
    When racial tensions flared in Sanford, a league of secretive peacemakers reached out to the city's spiritual and civic leaders to help cool heated emotions after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in February. When civil-rights organizers wanted to demonstrate, these federal workers taught them how to peacefully manage crowds. They even arranged a police escort for college students to ensure safe passage for their 40-mile march from Daytona Beach to Sanford to demand justice. As national figures and sign-waving protesters grabbed the spotlight after Trayvon's death, federal workers from a little-known branch of the Department of Justice labored...
  • White House to propose raise for federal workers (0.5% pay increase proposed)

    01/06/2012 10:17:59 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/6/12 | Charles Riley | CNNMoney.com
    The federal worker pay freeze might be over. The White House will propose a 0.5% pay increase for federal workers in its 2013 budget proposal, an official from the Office of Management and Budget said Friday. Federal pay has been frozen since December 2010, when Congress signed off on an Obama administration proposal to freeze federal worker pay for two years in the name of deficit reduction. The administration is expected to release its new budget in February, and any proposed increase in federal pay will require the approval of Congress. Even if it does become law, the 0.5% increase...
  • 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 isnt enough to account for the surge in federal retirements. Its not hard to see what other factors are driving federal government employees to...
  • CHART OF THE DAY: Guess Which Country Has The Highest Percentage Of Workers Employed By Gov't

    11/28/2011 9:07:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/28/2011 | Joe Weisenthal
    With all the talk these days all around the world of fiscal consolidation, it may interest you to know that the US still has an extremely small percentage of its workers employed by the public sector, at least compared to Europe. The largest? According to Citi's Tobias Levkovich, the answer is China, where nearly 50% of workers are somehow in the government sector. Granted, this could include state-owned-enterprises, which remain a large chunk of the Chinese economy, but either way it does confirm that for Chinese employment to remain solid, Beijing will have to keep its foot on the gas...
  • Obama orders new plan to diversify federal workers

    08/18/2011 2:21:45 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 199 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 18, 2011 | SUZANNE GAMBOA
    President Barack Obama has signed an executive order directing the federal government to design a new strategy for hiring, promoting and keeping workers of diverse backgrounds. The three-page order released Thursday directs the head of the Office of Personnel Management, a deputy director at the Office of Management and Budget and two other agencies to develop the strategy within 90 days. Agencies then have 120 days to implement it. An Office of Personnel Management report says that in fiscal year 2010, the federal workforce was 66.2 percent white, 17.7 percent black, 8 percent Hispanic, 5.6 percent Asian/Pacific Islander, 1.8 percent...