Federal Employee News

Friday, December 7, 2018

Congress delays federal pay raise decision, avoids shutdown

Congress delays federal pay raise decision, avoids shutdown

Snippet of Article: "...feds will have to wait to find out whether a proposed 1.9 percent raise will be put into effect for 2019. Both the House and Senate unanimously passed a second continuing resolution..."

Source: www.federaltimes.com

Federal pay raise, 2019 Federal Employee Pay Raise, Shutdown 2018,

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

George H. W. Bush we wish you 'fair winds and following seas'

George H. W. Bush we wish you 'fair winds and following seas'

http://bushlibrary.tamu.edu/image.php?id=957
Snippet of Article: "...George Herbert Walker Bush (June 12, 1924 – November 30, 2018) was an American statesman and Republican Party politician who served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. Prior to assuming the presidency, Bush served as the 43rd Vice President of the United States from 1981 to 1989; he had previously been a U.S. Representative, Ambassador, and Director of Central Intelligence. During his career in public service, he was known simply as George Bush; after his eldest son George W. Bush became President of the United States in 2001, he was referred to as "George H. W. Bush", "Bush 41", or "George Bush Sr"..."
Source: wikipedia.org

George H. W. Bush

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Presidential Proclamation Announcing the Death of George H.W. Bush

Presidential Proclamation Announcing the Death of George H.W. Bush

Snippet of Article: "... Following the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Bush postponed his university studies, enlisted in the United States Navy on his 18th birthday, and became the youngest aviator in the U.S. Navy at the time. He served until September 1945 (the last President to have participated in the war), and then attended Yale University. Graduating in 1948, he moved his family to West Texas, where he entered the oil business and became a millionaire by the age of 40 in 1964. Soon after founding his own oil company, Bush became involved in politics. He was defeated in his first election, for the U.S. Senate in 1964, but won election to the House of Representatives from Texas's 7th district in 1966. He was re-elected in 1968 but was defeated for election to the Senate again in 1970. In 1971, President Richard Nixon appointed Bush as Ambassador to the United Nations, and in 1973, Bush became the Chairman of the Republican National Committee. The following year, President Gerald Ford appointed Bush as Chief of the Liaison Office in China and later reassigned Bush to the position of Director of Central Intelligence. Bush ran for president in 1980, but was defeated in the Republican primary by Ronald Reagan. Reagan chose Bush as his running mate, and Bush became vice president after the Reagan–Bush ticket won the 1980 election. During his eight-year tenure as vice president, Bush headed administration task forces on deregulation and prosecuting the war on drugs. In 1988, Bush ran a successful campaign to succeed Reagan as president..."

Source: www.whitehouse.gov

George H.W. Bush, Presidential Proclamation Announcing the Death of George H.W. Bush,The longest-lived president in American history (94 years, 171 days), December 5 2018 as a National Day of Mourning,

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Federal Employee Visited 9,000 Porn Sites in Less Than 7 Months, Auditor Found

Federal Employee Visited 9,000 Porn Sites in Less Than 7 Months, Auditor Found

Snippet of Article: "...The Interior Department inspector general released new details about the employee whose browsing habits allowed Russian malware onto government networks..."

Source: www.nextgov.com

Russian malware on government networks, malware, Porn At Work,

Monday, November 12, 2018

How do i get the 1.1% instead of 1% for the FERS Basic Annuity Formula Computation?

How do i get the 1.1% instead of 1% for the FERS Basic Annuity Formula Computation?

The following explains the 1.1% vs 1% FERS Basic Annuity Formula Computation (opm.gov):

  • Under Age 62 at Separation for Retirement, OR Age 62 or Older With Less Than 20 Years of Service Formula: 1 percent of your high-3 average salary for each year of service
  • Age 62 or Older at Separation With 20 or More Years of Service Formula: 1.1 percent of your high-3 average salary for each year of service
  • Source: www.opm.gov

    1% vs 1.1% FERS Basic Annuity Formula, FERS Basic Annuity Formula Computation,

    Monday, November 5, 2018

    Viewing adult content resulted in malware infection on USGS networks

    Viewing adult content resulted in malware infection on USGS networks

    Snippet of Article: "...the anonymous person used the work computer to visit more than 9000 pornographic websites. Many of them were Russian-based and contained malware which, after getting into the system, managed to spread thru the entire USGS network. In addition to the infected network, an unnamed employee infected the Android phone. After downloading the pornographic content to the device, the suspect connected it to the computer which was government-issued and let the malware to the network..."

    Source: www.2-spyware.com

    malware

    Friday, October 26, 2018

    The Facts on recent Tax Cuts: You got screwed while the the wealthy and corporations garner record profits

    We now know the real winners of the Trump tax cuts

    Snippet of Article: "...Trump tax cuts are unpopular because many people feel they benefit businesses and high earners more than middle-class workers. This year’s tax-receipt numbers back that up. Individual income-tax receipts rose from $1.587 trillion in fiscal 2017 to $1.684 trillion in 2018. That’s a 6.1% increase. Much of that is due to a growing economy and population growth. Cut in corporate tax rate Business-tax receipts, by contrast, plunged from $297 billion in 2017 to $206 billion in 2018, a 31% decline driven by the cut in the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. The portion of federal revenue that comes from business taxes has been dropping for years, and it fell from 7.5% in 2017 to 5% in 2018. Individual income-tax payments account for 41% of federal revenue...."

    Source: yahoo.com

    Who Pays America's Bills? The working class provides 41% of federal revenue vs business tax revenue at 5% (2018)

    Thursday, October 25, 2018

    U.S. Invasion Update: President Trump bringing out the military for this National Emergency

    Hundreds of US troops heading to the border to deal with migrant caravan, official says

    Snippet of Article: "...to help Homeland Security and the National Guard as a caravan with thousands of migrants pushes north with the goal of crossing into America, a U.S. official confirmed to Fox News on Thursday. The official said roughly 800 soldiers will be sent to the area to offer “logistical support," including providing tents and vehicles..."

    Source: www.foxnews.com

    migrant caravan (2018), Illegal Alien Invasion, Illegal Immigration, Destruction of America, Injecting Trojan Horses,

    Wednesday, October 24, 2018

    Suspicious packages intended for Obama, Clinton , CNN NY Center , have been intercepted

    Suspicious packages intended for Obama, Clinton intercepted, CNN NY Center

    Snippet of Article: "...Neither Obama nor Clinton received the packages or were at risk of receiving them, the Secret Service said. They were discovered during “routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such,” the agency said in a statement. The Soros package had..."

    Source: fox61.com

    CNN, Pipe Bomb, Mail Bomb, Most dangerous jobs, Packages (Suspiciuous), Obama, Crime, mail screening procedures,

    Saturday, October 20, 2018

    Apple CEO Tim Cook demands Bloomberg retract its report on Chinese chip hacking: 'There is no truth in their story'

    Apple CEO Tim Cook demands Bloomberg retract its report on Chinese chip hacking: 'There is no truth in their story'

    Snippet of Article: "... In an interview with BuzzFeed News published Friday, Apple CEO Tim Cook called on Bloomberg to retract a contentious investigative report that found that Chinese spies used microchips to infiltrate several major US tech companies. Though Apple released a statement denying Bloomberg's findings soon after it published the investigation..."

    Source: www.businessinsider.com

    Apple, Cyber Warfare, Hacked, Hacked by China, Supermicro (Super Micro),

    Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    How Are Federal Employees Investing in the TSP?

    How Are Federal Employees Investing in the TSP?

    Snippet of Article: "...Data provided by the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, the agency that manages the Thrift Savings Plan, provide a glimpse into how federal employees are investing their retirement savings. The data are as of the end of August 2018..."

    Source: www.fedsmith.com

    Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), G Fund, C Fund,

    Thursday, October 11, 2018

    Congress tentatively agrees to pay increase for federal workers

    Congress tentatively agrees to pay increase for federal workers

    Snippet of Article: "...With key support from a North Georgia politician, Congress has tentatively agreed to a pay hike for the country's 2 million federal employees. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Georgia, came to the table on a..."

    Source: www.timesfreepress.com

    2019 Federal Employee Pay Increase, Pay Increase, 2019 Federal Employee Pay Raise,

    Thursday, October 4, 2018

    Apple, Amazon deny Chinese spy chips found in server hardware

    Apple, Amazon deny Chinese spy chips found in server hardware

    Snippet of Article: "...In a statement published Thursday, Apple denied the Bloomberg report, claiming malicious chips were never uncovered. "We are deeply disappointed that in their dealings with us, Bloomberg’s reporters have not been open to the possibility that they or their sources might be wrong or misinformed," read Apple's statement. Amazon called the report "erroneous" in a blog post published Thursday. "At no time, past or present, have we ever found any issues relating to modified hardware or malicious chips in Super Micro motherboards in any Elemental or Amazon systems," the company said..."

    Source: www.usatoday.com

    Amazon, Apple, Cyber Warfare, Hacked, Hacked by China, Supermicro (Super Micro),

    How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies

    How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies

    Snippet of Article: "...U.S. investigators found: The chips had been inserted during the manufacturing process, two officials say, by operatives from a unit of the People’s Liberation Army. In Supermicro, China’s spies appear to have found a perfect conduit for what U.S. officials now describe as the most significant supply chain attack known to have been carried out against...Three senior insiders at Apple say that in the summer of 2015, it, too, found malicious chips on Supermicro motherboards. Apple severed ties with Supermicro the following year..."

    Source: www.bloomberg.com

    Wednesday, September 26, 2018

    Federal Employees May Get a Pay Raise After All

    Federal Employees May Get a Pay Raise After All

    Snippet of Article: "...With rising wages outside of government, record unemployment, and sinking morale within the federal workforce, the president may be forced to reconsider his federal pay freeze..."

    Source: clearancejobs.com

    Locality Pay 2019, 2019 Federal Employee Pay Raise, 2019 Federal Worker Pay Freeze,

    Monday, September 24, 2018

    Ex-Federal Employee Says She Got Leaks From ‘Resistance Movement’ in Government

    Ex-Federal Employee Says She Got Leaks From ‘Resistance Movement’ in Government

    Snippet of Article: "...A former federal employee told an undercover reporter that there’s a “resistance movement” inside the federal establishment that’s trying to undermine the administration of President Donald Trump. To that end, Jessica Schubel says former colleagues were providing her with insider information, including confidential documents, which she acknowledges is probably illegal..."

    Source: www.theepochtimes.com

    Hatch Act Violations,

    Tuesday, September 4, 2018

    Will Markets Crash After Trump Says, 'serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare' faced by America

    Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate

    Snippet of Article: "...because of “national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare,” I view the increases that would otherwise take effect as inappropriate. Under current law, locality pay increases averaging 25.70 percent, costing $25 billion, would go into effect in January 2019, in addition to a 2.1 percent across-the-board increase for the base General Schedule. We must maintain efforts to put our Nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and Federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases..."

    Source: www.whitehouse.gov

    #TrumpSlump, State of U.S. Economy, Trumps Take on U.S. Economy, Federal Employee Pay,

    Friday, August 31, 2018

    Trump freezes federal worker pay, citing 'serious economic conditions'

    Trump freezes federal worker pay, citing 'serious economic conditions'

    Snippet of Article: "...freeze the pay of federal workers next year, saying the nation can't afford the 2.1% raises... in addition to specific increases in high-cost cities called 'locality pay'..."

    Source: www.usatoday.com

    Trump Legacy, 2019 Federal Employee Pay Raise, 2019 Federal Worker Pay Freeze, Locality Pay 2019,

    Wednesday, August 29, 2018

    The US Postal Service Released A Former CIA Officer’s Security Application To A Republican Group

    The US Postal Service Released A Former CIA Officer’s Security Application To A Republican Group

    Snippet of Article: "...The decision by USPS to release the unredacted document was unusual, FOIA and security clearance expert Bradley Moss, an attorney with Mark S. Zaid, P.C., told BuzzFeed News. The SF-86 form is an extensive and probing questionnaire...government. “Someone at the USPS FOIA office is getting fired,” Moss said. “If they truly managed to release this file without noticing the Standard Form 86 paperwork in the file, there is justifiable cause to fire that FOIA officer.” “SF-86 paperwork is categorically privacy-protected..."

    Source: www.buzzfeednews.com

    USPS FOIA office, Standard Form 86,

    Saturday, August 25, 2018

    Judge derails efforts to curb federal employee unions

    Judge derails Trump’s efforts to curb federal employee unions

    Snippet of Article: "...In their legal complaint, the unions argued that the executive orders were illegal because federal law requires these rules to be negotiated between government agencies and the unions that represent their workers. The complaint said that the president lacks the authority to override federal law..."

    Source: www.seattletimes.com

    Wednesday, August 22, 2018

    Buyouts Announced: Labor Relations Board to Offer Buyouts, Early Retirement

    Labor Relations Board to Offer Buyouts, Early Retirement

    Snippet of Article: "...The National Labor Relations Board announced this month that it is offering buyouts and early retirement to some of its employees as part of an effort to rebalance its staff. In a press release August 7..."

    Source: www.govexec.com

    Buyouts, Early Retirement, VSIP, VERA,

    Wednesday, August 8, 2018

    COLA, yes — pay raise? Maybe

    COLA, yes — pay raise? Maybe

    Snippet of Article: "...With two months left to go in the inflation-tracker-countdown federal, military and Social Security retirees are on track for a raise of 2.7 percent. Maybe more? That COLA is not subject to action by Congress or the White House..."

    Source: federalnewsradio.com

    COLA

    Thursday, July 26, 2018

    New bills hit federal employees with shorter disciplinary appeals process, fees for submitting to MSPB

    New bills hit federal employees with shorter disciplinary appeals process, fees for submitting to MSPB

    Snippet of Article: "...The bill would let MSPB collect fees from employees who choose to appeal an adverse action with the agency. The legislation doesn’t name a specific price but said fees shouldn’t “exceed the amount that is 50 percent of the fee required for filing a civil action in a United States district court.” MSPB has some leeway to adjust the price from time to time..."

    Source: federalnewsradio.com

    MSPB, anti-union, Reducing Protections for Workers, Protecting Rogue Manager Actions and Agencies,

    Wednesday, July 25, 2018

    Buyout Increase Dropped in Latest Congressional Report

    Buyout Increase Dropped in Latest Congressional Report

    Snippet of Article: "...The House version did not contain the change to increase the amount of the buyout amount..."

    Source: www.fedsmith.com

    VSIP

    Wednesday, July 11, 2018

    Can USPS systems survive the e-commerce boom?

    Can USPS systems survive the e-commerce boom?

    Snippet of Article: "...As the number of packages from online orders increase, the U.S. Postal Service may face increasing overtime hours as its sorting facilities and mail carriers take longer to process and deliver those packages..."

    Source: www.federaltimes.com

    Monday, July 2, 2018

    FBI says arrests man who planned to bomb Cleveland July 4 event

    FBI says arrests man who planned to bomb Cleveland July 4 event

    Snippet of Article: "...The man, who had expressed allegiance to the al Qaeda militant group, was arrested on Sunday after a meeting with an undercover FBI agent where he said he planned to plant a bomb at the event celebrating the U.S. Independence Day holiday and would also target other locations in Cleveland and Philadelphia. "What would hit them in the core..."

    Source: www.msn.com

    FBI, al Qaeda attacks, Foiled Terrorist Attack, Islamic Terrorist,

    Tuesday, June 12, 2018

    Will the Almighty AT&T Become an Even Bigger Monopoly With the Help of Government Meger Approval? Sure they will, corporations always win over consumers

    AT&T Would Use Time Warner as a ‘Weapon,’ Justice Dept. Says

    Snippet of Article: "...If the merger goes forward, consumers all across America will be worse off as a result,” said Craig Conrath, the Justice Department’s lead lawyer..."

    Source: www.nytimes.com

    AT&T, Time Warner, Monopolies, Corporate America vs Consumers,

    Monday, June 11, 2018

    Monday marks end of consumer protective net neutrality rules

    Monday marks end of net neutrality rules

    Snippet of Article: "...scrapping the rules gives major internet companies like Comcast or Verizon the ability to hike up the cost of internet use and limit access online..."

    Source: www.msn.com

    Wednesday, June 6, 2018

    Too Big To Fail: Social Security and Medicare

    Social Security to tap into trust fund for first time in 36 years

    Snippet of Article: "...Congress could at any time choose to pay for the benefits through the general fund..."

    Source: www.marketwatch.com

    Too Big To Fail: Social Security and Medicare

    Saturday, June 2, 2018

    Signs of sophisticated cellphone spying found near White House, U.S. officials say

    Signs of sophisticated cellphone spying found near White House, U.S. officials say

    Snippet of Article: "...IMSI catchers are widely used by local, state and federal police, as well as foreign intelligence agencies. The devices work by simulating cell towers to trick nearby phones into connecting, allowing the IMSI catchers to collect calls, texts and data streams. Unlike some other forms of cellphone interception, IMSI catchers must be near targeted devices to work..."

    Source: www.msn.com

    IMSI-catcher, Spying, cellphone interception,

    Thursday, May 31, 2018

    Trump’s orders show unwavering attack on federal unions, employees

    Trump’s orders show unwavering attack on federal unions, employees

    Snippet of Article: "...The orders were just the latest steps designed to weaken unions, federal employee compensation and civil service protections..."

    Source: www.washingtonpost.com

    union busting, anti-union, Destruction of America's working class,

    Wednesday, May 30, 2018

    DHS secretary insists on funding sanctuary cities despite President's promise to cut off grants

    Administration funds sanctuary cities despite pledge to cut off grants

    Snippet of Article: "...homeland security secretary recently awarded nearly $1.7 billion in grants, some related to immigration, to states and localities across the nation, including so-called sanctuary cities, according to three people with knowledge of the grants. Kirstjen Nielsen authorized the grants despite objections of her top staff..."

    Source: www.macon.com

    Department of Homeland Security (DHS), sanctuary city funding,

    Wednesday, May 9, 2018

    Administration clarifies the intended destruction of federal employee retirement

    Administration Adds Details to Benefit-Cutting Proposals

    Snippet of Article: "...Elimination of Federal Employees’ Retirement System Annuity Supplements This proposal would amend section 8421 of title 5, United States Code, to eliminate the Federal Employees’ Retirement System (FERS) annuity supplement for new retirees and the supplementary annuity for survivor annuitants. The proposal retains language that requires OPM to apportion a FERS annuity ·supplement to a former spouse when a court order expressly divides a FERS annuity for purposes of annuitants who retain a FERS annuity supplement under prior provisions of section 8421. Also, the proposal retains language that requires OPM to reduce or eliminate an annuitant’s FERS annuity supplement based on earnings for those who retain FERS annuity supplements under prior provisions..."
    Source: www.fedweek.com

    FERS Annuity Supplement, SRS, Destruction of the working class, Destruction of the Federal Employees Retirement System,

    Friday, April 27, 2018

    University of California at Berkeley can't block lawsuit alleging censorship of conservatives, judge rules

    University of California at Berkeley can't block lawsuit alleging censorship of conservatives, judge rules

    Snippet of Article: "...A federal judge this week rejected the University of California at Berkeley’s effort to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the school of discriminating against conservative speakers. U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney in San Francisco said two conservative groups can proceed with a lawsuit claiming the university imposed its “major events” policy and an earlier policy for “high-profile speakers” -- resulting in unreasonable restrictions and fees..."

    Source: www.foxnews.com

    University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California, censorship of conservatives, suppressing conservative speech, 1st Amendment, discriminating against conservative speakers,

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    Report Documents Shift from CSRS to FERS in Workforce

    Report Documents Shift from CSRS to FERS in Workforce

    Snippet of Article: "...The FERS system became the majority system within the federal workforce only about a decade after it was launched; by fiscal 1996, it accounted for 53 percent of current employees to 47 percent for CSRS. That share steadily grew as the generally older CSRS employees retired so that now only 6 percent of current employees are under CSRS, the report said. Of current retirees, 67 percent are under CSRS. Separate OPM data show that just about the same share, 69 percent, of those who retired in 2015 were covered by FERS,..."

    Source: www.fedweek.com

    Wednesday, April 18, 2018

    Average Federal Retirement Age Continues to Increase

    Average Federal Retirement Age Continues to Increase

    Snippet of Article: "...The data, as of fiscal 2016, further showed that for normal retirements, the average years of service was 37.0 for CSRS and 22.2 for FERS, with an average monthly annuity of $4,917 and $1,534, respectively..."

    Source: www.fedweek.com

    CSRS vs FERS, Average Years of Federal Service,

    Wednesday, April 11, 2018

    OPM to federal agencies: Tell job applicants where they stand

    OPM to federal agencies: Tell job applicants where they stand

    Snippet of Article: "...The Office of Personnel Management has told agencies "to be diligent in notifying applicants in a timely fashion" when they receive an application; when they finish assessing qualifications and decide whether to refer the person to the selecting official; and when they have chosen someone..."

    Source: www.stripes.com

    Monday, March 19, 2018

    Federal employees accuse Betsy DeVos of union busting

    Federal employees accuse Betsy DeVos of union busting

    Snippet of Article: "...The American Federation of Government Employees filed the complaint on Tuesday, after DeVos' Department of Education implemented a 40-page "collective bargaining agreement" that took effect on Monday — a document union membership says is anything but what its name implies. "You can't even call it a 'collective bargaining agreement' because it wasn't collective, it wasn't bargained, and there was no agreement," AFGE Assistant General Counsel Ward Morrow told The Intercept..."

    Source: www.metrotimes.com

    American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), collective bargaining rights, Betsy DeVos, union busting,

    Sunday, February 25, 2018

    Centers for Disease Control employee vanishes after feeling sick and leaving work early

    Centers for Disease Control employee vanishes after feeling sick and leaving work early

    Snippet of Article: "...left work sick on Feb. 12 and has not been heard from since, WSB reported. His parents said they later discovered his phone, wallet, car and keys as well as his dog at his Atlanta home. They told officers it was unusual for Cunningham to leave his pup alone and to be out of touch for so long..."

    Source: www.nydailynews.com