Federal Employee News

Friday, August 31, 2012

EPA union negotiations update

Article Title: EPA Union Questions Administration's Support For Federal Sector Unions

Snippet of Article: "...even greater concern is more than 28 months after opening negotiations on the union contract in May 2010, AFGE Council 238 and EPA have yet to move past the preliminary step of establishing ground rules for those negotiations. "It's a total failure of bargaining in good faith," said AFGE Labor Relations Specialist Derrick Davis. "In more than 30 years of negotiating these types of agreements, I have never been involved in a ground rules negotiation that has taken so long...."

Source: www.heraldonline.com

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Mexico Federal Employee Shooting Details Update

Article Title: Mexico: 2 CIA Agents Wounded in Shooting Go to US

Snippet of Article: "...Mexican officials said Wednesday that two Americans wounded in a shooting attack by federal police on a U.S. Embassy vehicle are employees of the Central Intelligence Agency, and acknowledged they have returned to the United States...."

Source: go.com

GOP: Federal compensation exceeds private sector levels

Article Title: GOP platform takes aim at federal workforce

Snippet of Article: "... "Federal compensation exceeds private sector levels by as much as 30 to 40 percent when benefits are taken into account," according to a statement on Romney's website. "This must be corrected."

Similarly, Romney's choice for vice president, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), has also proposed scaling back federal benefits. ..."

Source: www.federalnewsradio.com

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Congress on track for another pay raise for 2013, but not you

Article Title: Congressional pay raise in 2013?

Snippet of Article: "...Members of Congress are on track to receive a pay raise in 2013, unless they vote against it when they return from August recess...."

Source: www.govexec.com

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Monitoring of federal employee computers and privacy

Article Title: Monitoring of federal workers’ computers spooks privacy advocates

Snippet of Article: "...Monitoring of federal workers prompts privacy worries: Privacy advocates have raised concerns about the increased monitoring of federal workers’ computers, The Washington Post reported, as agencies work to catch information leaks...."

Source: www.washingtonpost.com #FederaEmployeeNews

Friday, August 24, 2012

U. S. Officials Shot by Mexican Police

Article Title: Mexico Says Police Shot U.S. Officials

Snippet of Article: "...The two U.S. officials, employees of the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, were wounded but in stable condition in a hospital and didn't have life-threatening injuries, the statement said. ..."

Source: wsj.com

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Social Security of Federal retirees can be docked for unpaid student loans

Article Title: Feds Dock Social Security for Unpaid Student Loans

Snippet of Article: "...the federal government is withholding money from a rapidly growing number of Social Security recipients who have fallen behind on federal student loans. From January through August 6, the government reduced the size of roughly 115,000 retirees' Social Security checks..."

Source: socialsecuritynewsgroup.blogspot.com Social Security

More federal employee protections removed by court

Article Title: Appeals court removes key civil service protection

Snippet of Article: "...A federal appeals court ruling that has taken key civil service protection away from government employees involved in national security work will have far-reaching implications, advocates for federal workers say...."
Source: www.cbsnews.com

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Financially disconnected congressmen make decisions for working class America

Article Title: The 50 richest members of Congress


Snippet of Article: "...Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican from California, dropped one notch from 2010 but still placed third. The Hill said his wealth plunged about $80 million to $140.6 million. ..."
Source: www.q13fox.com

V.A. probed over ethics rules violations for costly conference expenses

Article Title: VA ethics probe over conferences, gifts

Snippet of Article: "...The Department of Veterans Affairs spent $5 million last year, and set aside $4 million more, for two training conferences, and now the organizers are under investigation into whether they broke ethics rules by improperly accepting gifts, lawmakers and government sources said...."

Source: www.sfgate.com V.A., ethics probe, government waste,

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

2013 Pay Raise for Federal Workers

Article Title: Obama Extends Federal Worker Pay Freeze Until Congress Passes a Budget

Snippet of Article: "...President Obama on Tuesday said he would use his authority to give federal employees an across-the-board 0.5 percent pay raise in 2013, but the increase will not take effect until Congress passes a budget...."

Source: www.nationaljournal.com 2013 pay raise

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Phased retirement to come ASAP for Federal Employees

Article Title: Federal employee phased retirement details emerge

Snippet of Article: "...The government’s central personnel agency has said that allowing federal employees to phase into retirement is one of its important goals and it will make the option available “as soon as possible.”..."

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

2013 COLA for Federal Employee retirees will be...

Article Title: Pay Raises and COLAs

Snippet of Article: "...As of the end of June, the CPI-W had increased 1.6 percent in the previous 12 months. The 2013 COLA for retirees will be determined based on the results posted at the end of September 2012. That means price increases and decreases during July, August and September will affect the COLA that retirees..."

Source: www.govexec.com

Monday, August 13, 2012

Paul Ryan is Federal Workers Worst Nightmare

Article Title: Romney Picks Ryan to Slash the U.S. Government

Snippet of Article: "...For federal, state and local government workers around the country, Ryan is unions’ worst nightmare. He believes unions are antithetical to free enterprise, not a way to protect workers against intolerable working conditions and exploitation by money-grubbing corporations, more concerned about the bottom line than employee welfare. ..."

Source: www.examiner.com Paul Ryan, anti-union, anti-working calss,

Federal workers fear sequestration

Article Title: Federal workers fret about jobs as sequestration looms

Snippet of Article: "...Moten said that most federal employees as well as the union believe that despite hyper-partisan exchanges in Washington, the political parties will come to some agreement to defuse the crisis before the Jan. 2 deadline...."

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

Friday, August 10, 2012

Sequestration: What federal leaders should be doing right now

Article Title: The threat of sequestration: What federal leaders should be doing right now

Snippet of Article: "...Managers are bracing for significant program and service cutbacks and staffing changes, including possible furloughs and layoffs. In some agencies, the impact includes delays in filling critical vacancies and in signing new contracts or renewing existing ones..."

Source: www.washingtonpost.com sequestration

Friday, August 3, 2012

2013 pay raise still silent

Article Title: Senate appropriators OK military pay raise, reject layoff notice proposal

Snippet of Article: "...The Senate’s version of the $604.5 billion appropriations bill does not mention a pay raise for the Pentagon’s civilian employees, in keeping with silence from lawmakers in both chambers of Congress on President Obama’s request for a..."

Source: www.govexec.com

Thursday, August 2, 2012

FAA investigates near miss

Article Title: FAA Probes Near-Miss of US Airways Planes in Washington

Snippet of Article: "...U.S. regulators are investigating two near-midair collisions involving three US Airways Group Inc. (LCC) (LCC) regional jets near Washington’s Reagan National Airport on July 31.

An air-traffic controller cleared two planes..."

Source: www.businessweek.com

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Veteran's Preference Points and Federal Jobs

Article Title: Veteran's Preference Points and Federal Jobs

Snippet of Article: "...If you are a Veteran you have a couple of different tools that can give you an edge in getting a civil service (Federal) job: the Preference Points and Veteran's Recruitment Appointment rule. ..."

Source: militaryvet.blogspot.com Veteran's Preference Points, Federal Jobs,