Snippet of Article: "...“As a nation it is our duty to ensure the fair treatment of our federal employees, especially during times of economic strain. Let’s stop unduly burdening our federal workers, and start asking wealthy corporations to pay their fair share. I look forward to working with others in Congress to pass this legislation and to providing relief for those whose daily labors keep our government up and running and who keep us safe.” Congresswoman Edwards’ legislation..."Source: www.thebaynet.com
Monday, September 1, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Snippet of Article: "...Federal hiring has declined rapidly in recent years, while the number of departures has increased nearly as fast. That’s a recipe for a shrinking government...."Source: www.washingtonpost.com
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Snippet of Article: "...This was followed by news that U.S. Investigation Services (USIS), the main provider of background checks to the U.S. government, had been targeted in an attack possibly launched by a foreign power...."Source: www.foxnews.com
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
National Guard Troops Fail to Quell Unrest in Ferguson as Obama Coddles Looters and Neuters Guard and Law Enforcement
Article Title: National Guard Troops Fail to Quell Unrest in Ferguson
Snippet of Article: "... Obama said he had told Mr. Nixon in a phone call on Monday that the Guard should be “used in a limited and appropriate way.”..."Source: Military Veteran News
Monday, August 18, 2014
Article Title: The FERS Annuity Supplement
Snippet of Article: "...The special retirement supplement is paid in addition to gross monthly Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) annuity benefits. It represents what you would receive for your FERS civilian service from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and is calculated as if you were eligible to receive SSA benefits on the day you retired. Eligibility ..."Source: www.opm.gov
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Article Title: Phased Retirement: Answers to Some Common Questions
Snippet of Article: "...The Office of Personnel Management announced the long awaited final regulations for the phased retirement program for federal employees late last week. As part of that announcement, OPM has also released a document with answers to some common questions employees are likely to have about this program...."Source: fedsmith.com
Friday, August 8, 2014
OPINION: Jim Hightower is a former agriculture commissioner from the state of Texas.
Article Title: JIM HIGHTOWER: Postal Service is far from a loser
Snippet of Article: "...the media keeps reporting that the USPS is losing billions of dollars each year. What they fail to mention is that those are phony paper losses manufactured by Congress at the behest of corporate privatizers...."
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Article Title: For FedEx and UPS, a Cheaper Route: the Post Office
Snippet of Article: "...the flood of these packages has begun to tax the system, and it has raised questions about whether the USPS is charging enough for its service. Even as UPS makes use of the USPS, a UPS executive on the company's earnings conference call last month questioned whether the Postal Service is unfairly cross-subsidizing certain products to offer lower prices. ..."Source: wsj.com
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Article Title: Gov. Perry Deploys Texas National Guard Troops to Border
Snippet of Article: "...Gov. Rick Perry today directed Texas Adjutant General John Nichols to immediately begin preparations for the deployment of up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the border. These troops will support the Texas Department of Public Safety's (DPS) ongoing law enforcement surge, Operation Strong Safety, which is focused on combatting criminal activity in the region resulting from the federal government's failure to adequately secure the border.
Since 2008, more than 203,000 criminal aliens have been booked into Texas county jails. Over the course of their criminal careers, these individuals have committed more than 640,000 crimes in the state of Texas alone, including more than 3,000 homicides and nearly 8,000 sexual assaults.
"There can be no national security without border security, and Texans have paid too high a price for the federal government's failure to secure our border," Gov. Perry said..."
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Article Title: Chinese hacked federal employee files
Snippet of Article: "...Chinese hackers broke into the federal Office of Personnel Management computer system in March, apparently targeting tens of thousands of employees who applied for top-security clearance, The New York Times reported...."Source: www.usatoday.com
Monday, June 30, 2014
Article Title: FACT SHEET: The White House Summit On Working Families
Snippet of Article: "... the memorandum will make clear that Federal workers have the “right to request” a flexible work arrangement without fear of retaliation, and will direct agencies to establish procedures for addressing these requests by employees. Finally, it will call for training all employees and their supervisors on the effective use of these tools and will direct the Office of Personnel Management to create a new Workplace Flexibility Index that will be published online and updated annually to measure agencies’ success...."Source: www.whitehouse.gov
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Snippet of Article: "...The Senate has started to advance a spending bill that keeps the road clear for a 1 percent federal employee pay raise in January, while boosting available funds for the IRS and several other agencies above the levels favored by the House...."Source: www.washingtonpost.com
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Labor Department proposed a rule Thursday to raise minimum wage for employees of federal contractors
Snippet of Article: "...The Labor Department proposed a rule Thursday to raise the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors to $10.10 an hour, fulfilling an executive order President Barack Obama signed in February. Labor Secretary Tom Perez said the wage increase will benefit about 200,000 workers who don't already make at least $10.10 an hour..."Source: wsj.com
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
2014 Federal Employees Almanac is a must-have reference for your federal employment, federal benefits eligibility, and retirement planning
Article Title: 2014 Federal Employees Almanac
Snippet of Article: "...The 2014 Federal Employees Almanac is a must-have reference for your federal employment, federal benefits eligibility, and retirement planning. Unlike other "handbooks" that are printed far too early to be accurate and up-to-date, the Almanac is not sent to press until federal employee policy changes affecting your career for the next year have been issued by the federal government. The Almanac is the complete reference for all your federal employment questions!..."Source: federaldaily.com
Article Title: Federal worker arrested in bomb-planting case
Snippet of Article: "...A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employee faces federal charges after allegedly planting at least two explosive devices in Madera County earlier this year. ..."Source: www.mercedsunstar.com
Monday, June 9, 2014
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Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Article Title: OPM promises phased retirement to start this year
Snippet of Article: "...Under OPM’s draft plan released in 2013, employees who are eligible for retirement and meet other requirements could work half-time while getting half of their pension. As they continue to work, phased retirees also will keep accruing additional service credit toward their final pensions...."Source: www.federaltimes.com
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Snippet of Article: "...The agency is using sophisticated software to harvest "millions of images per day" from emails, text messages, social media, videoconferences, and other communications, according to the documents. Once focused primarily on collecting telephone and email communications data, NSA officials believe the programs hold "tremendous untapped potential" that could revolutionize..."
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Article Title: US tells its citizens to leave Libya amid unrestSnippet of Article: "...The US has warned its citizens to leave the country, saying Libya is "unstable and unpredictable"... The US state department has warned any American citizens in Libya to leave the country immediately. ..."
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Snippet of Article: "...A pair of Democratic senators has introduced legislation that would give federal employees a 3.3 percent pay raise in 2015...."Source: al.com
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Article Title: eBay Customer Service Reps Fault Sellers for Using USPS
Snippet of Article: "...With eBay's new defect rate breathing down their necks, sellers are calling eBay to ask why it will penalize them for late deliveries or missing packages, which are outside their control - and eBay is placing the blame directly on sellers for using the USPS...."Source: www.ecommercebytes.com
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Article Title: MERS in the Arabian Peninsula
Snippet of Article: "...If you are traveling to countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula,* CDC recommends that you pay attention to your health during and after your trip. You should call a doctor right away if you develop fever and symptoms of lower respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after traveling from countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula. Tell the doctor about your recent travel. CDC does not recommend that travelers change their plans because of MERS. ..."Source: cdc.gov
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Snippet of Article: "...As noted by the GAO, the limited scope that the agency has chosen for constructing preliminary and baseline cost estimates means the estimates are unlikely to serve as a way to measure progress and track cost growth over the life of the programs...."Source: www.bizjournals.com
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Article Title: Beware of Candidates' Misleading Appeals
Snippet of Article: "...The Ryan budget plan would impact people age 56 and younger. We all have family members and former co-workers under the age of 55. There is no justification for cutting their benefits. We know that as we age, we need our medical benefits more than ever. Let’s tell Congress that they can fix the national deficit by increasing taxes on the wealthy...."Source: www.apwu.org
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
A great federal employee recruitment technique: New hires will owe retroactive pension contribution payments
Snippet of Article: "...workers hired in 2014 will owe back payments retroactive to when they came on board. These debts will be collected from the employees’ paychecks in up to $25 increments until the balance is paid back in full. ..."Source: www.govexec.com
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
The Postal Service seems to think it can do whatever it wants; YOUR historic Post Offices are being sold!
Snippet of Article: "...Individual communities have had an equally hard time getting information from the Postal Service. Rather than cooperating with communities, the Postal Service seems to think it can do whatever it wants. For example, the La Jolla Historical Society said that its efforts to get involved with purchasing the post office were stymied at every step, even with members of Congress trying to help. ..."Source: www.savethepostoffice.com
Monday, April 14, 2014
5% pay cut and an end to social security supplement? That's what your politicians want for federal workers
That's ok federal workers! Just continue to keep silent and don't worry about writing the president and your congressmen and this will happen.
Snippet of Article: "...Ryan’s plan would make the majority of federal employees pay 5.5 percentage points more toward their retirement program with no increase in benefits. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.), the top Democrat on the Budget Committee, called this “a straight-out 5 percent pay cut.”..."Source: www.washingtonpost.com
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Article Title: Proposed Bill Would Give Federal Employees a 3.3% Raise
Snippet of Article: "...Federal workers would get a 3.3% pay increase under legislation proposed today by Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA). Connolly said that federal workers deserve a fair raise ..."Source: www.fedsmith.com
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Article Title: Gone phishing: Army uses Thrift Savings Plan in fake e-mail to test cybersecurity awareness
Snippet of Article: "...An ominous e-mail message landed in the inboxes of a small group of U.S. Army employees last month, warning of a security breach in their federal retirement plans and urging them to log in and check their accounts...."Source: www.washingtonpost.com
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Snippet of Article: "...The Navy Criminal Investigative Service is looking into the unsolicited mailing last month of the devices by Adobe, the largest maker of graphic-design programs, to about 100 defense workers as gifts, according to an Army memo labeled “For Official Use Only.” ..."Source: www.businessweek.com
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Federal pay not high enough to be competitive with private industry; Government does it cheaper as usual
Article Title: Department of Interior can't retain oil and gas employees because of higher private sector rates
Snippet of Article: "...Higher salaries in the oil and gas industry are luring employees away from the Interior Department..."Source: roller-cone-bits.blogspot.com
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Snippet of Article: "...Makes it easy to reset the inspection status & lock combination and protect your possessions whenever you travel. The TSA logo alerts screeners, who can open and relock your bag using codes and secure tools, and allows TSA screeners to inspect and relock..."
Source: TSA recognized baggage locks from Amazon
Friday, February 21, 2014
Snippet of Article: "...Unlike his 2014 budget proposal, the President's new budget will not contain a proposal to calculate cost-of-living increases for federal retirees and Social Security recipients using a "chained Consumer Price Index."..."Source: www.federalnewsradio.com
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Article Title: No Chained CPI
Snippet of Article: Article Snip: "...We cannot break our promise to our seniors. These are benefits they earned over a lifetime. Our parents and grandparents put their faith in us, and we will not let them down. Please use this link to send a message to the president...."
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
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Debt Ceiling Raised until 2015This extends the Treasury's borrowing authority without any more raping of the American working class to satisfy the 'extreme' wealthy. However, huge tax breaks and protections for the extreme wealthy are still protected. The debt ceiling is raised until 2015. Anticipation of the debt ceiling increase has led to a five-day change to the S and P 500 Index to an increase of 3.76% (at the time of this post).
Federal Minimum Wage for Contract Workers RaisedOn this same date, the President Obama has raised the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 per hour starting next year in an attempt to set an example for private and corporate entities. The president also complimented Costco for providing decent wages and advancement opportunities.
Source: The Federal Newsgroup
Monday, February 3, 2014
Snippet of Article: "...The GAO concluded that the large numbers of retirement-eligible employees in coming years may be a cause for concern because “their retirement could produce mission-critical skills gaps if left unaddressed.”..."Source: www.washingtonpost.com
Sunday, January 5, 2014
Congress screws blue-collar federal employees again but took care of white-collar feds, as congress takes another holiday break
Snippet of Article: "...the modest pay raise only applies to white-collar employees under the General Schedule system. Some 200,000 blue-collar federal workers at places such as the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs as well as the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, will not see a similar increase in pay. ..."Source: www.federalnewsradio.com
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Article Title: HHS to Darrell Issa: We don’t trust you
Snippet of Article: "...The Health and Human Services Department told House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa that it won’t turn over documents related to the security of the Healthcare.gov website because it can’t trust him to keep secret..."Source: www.politico.com
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Budget agreement will not require additional contributions toward retirement by any current federal employees, but...
Snippet of Article: "...Federal employees hired after Jan. 1 will make higher contributions toward their retirement benefits than current workers under a budget deal announced Tuesday night...."Source: www.washingtonpost.com