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  • I work for Uncle Sam, and Iím proud of it

    10/02/2013 9:16:14 AM PDT · by Night Hides Not · 106 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/2/2013 | Jason Ullner
    I am a federal bureaucrat. A professional government employee. And guess what? Iím damn proud of it. It seems that all I hear these days are the once and future leaders of our country tripping over themselves to denigrate the work we do. Iím tired of it, and Iím fed up. I donít claim to represent anyone other than myself, but I would bet that a fair number of federal employees feel as I do. We are lawyers, doctors, PhD students, economists, writers, electricians, construction workers, security officers and technology specialists. We are not a drain on the national economy;...
  • Weíre No. 1 ó In Public-Employee Pay: Better than the private sector and other countries

    08/12/2013 7:41:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/12/2013 | Andrew G. Biggs
    Amid the recent hubbub over municipal bankruptcies and rising public-employee pension costs, pay for state and local government employees has gotten a great deal of publicity. Lost in the press attention, however, is that federal-employee compensation remains a problem, too, and new data again indicate that Washington, D.C., may be overpaying for the two million workers it employs. In a 2011 AEI paper with Jason Richwine, I concluded that federal workers receive salaries and benefits around 37 percent higher than do private-sector workers with similar levels of education and experience. This prompted congressional requests for the Congressional Budget Office to...
  • Greece starts firing civil servants for first time in a century

    04/27/2013 4:18:29 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 34 replies
    Christian Science monitor ^ | April 26, 2013 | Nikolia Apostolou
    The Greek government began its first mass-firing of public-sector workers in more than 100 years this week, part of an effort to lay off 180,000 by 2015 under Europe-imposed austerity. Pushed by its European creditors amid its crippling economic crisis, Greece began this week to do something it hasn't done in more than 100 years: fire public-sector workers en masse. Following weeks of tough negotiations with its lenders Ė the "troika" of the International Monetary Fund, the European Union, and the European Central Bank Ė the Greek government started laying off public-sector workers in an effort to implement the austerity...
  • Unemployment Plunges to 3.8% for Government Workers; Government Adds 35,000 Jobs in November

    12/07/2012 8:12:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    CNS News ^ | 12/07/2012 | Terence Jeffrey
    The unemployment rate for civilian government workers plunged from 4.2 percent in October to 3.8 percent in November, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as government added 35,000 to its taxpayer-funded payrolls during the month. In October, federal, state and local governments in the United States employed 20,524,000 people. In November, that climbed to 20,559,000. As recently as July, the unemployment rate for government workers was as high as 5.7 percent, according to the BLS. That month, government employed only 20,015,000. Since July, times have been very good for government in the United States, with governments managing to add...
  • White House Communications Agency Under Investigation in Colombia Prostitution Scandal

    04/23/2012 9:40:59 AM PDT · by kristinn · 12 replies
    NextGov ^ | Monday, April 23, 2012 | Bob Brewin
    The investigation into the Colombia prostitution scandal has broadened to include the White House Communications Agency, Nextgov has learned. Laura Williams, a spokeswoman for the Defense Information Systems Agency, which manages the White House office that provides the president with secure communications, confirmed that one individual from WHCA is under investigation, but could not provide any more details at this time.
  • GOP Staffer Suspended for Computer Improprieties

    11/25/2003 4:00:07 PM PST · by dep · 139 replies · 189+ views
    Special Report | 11/25/03 | FNC
    A Republican Senate Judiciary Committee staff member has been suspended with pay after he admitted that he improperly gained access to "secure committee computers," Fox News Channel reports. Whether the staffer is the person who leaked numerous memos in which Democrats on the committee plotted to turn toe current filibuster of judicial nominees for political advantage was not stated. An angry Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch denounced the staffer's action, saying that senators expect their computers to be secure and calling the staffer's action "entirely unacceptable."