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- AFCEA Answers
- Ask the CIO
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- Federal Executive Forum
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- The Intersection: Where Technology Meets Transformation
- Maximizing ROI Through Data Center Consolidation
- Moving to the Cloud. What's the best approach for me
- Navigating Tough Choices in Government Cloud Computing
- The New Generation of Database
- Satellite Communications: Acquiring SATCOM in Tight Times
- Targeting Advanced Threats: Proven Methods from Detection through Remediation
- Transformative Technology: Desktop Virtualization in Government
- The Truth About IT Opex and Software Defined Networking
- Value of Health IT
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Your own personal Rorschach test
Monday - 12/16/2013, 2:00am EST
Take this Rorschach Test. Do you see Beyonce or Nancy Pelosi? Is it George Clooney or Gary Busey?
Here's another test:
What do you think about the last-minute budget deal? The one that apparently delays layoffs or furloughs for two years. The one that headed off another government shutdown. The deal that eases some of the mandatory cuts that were to be imposed by sequestration. That one.
The way you view the Ryan-Murray (or Murray-Ryan) budget deal may tell a lot about whether you are a glass-half-full or glass-half-empty person.
National Public Radio said the budget deal infuriated "liberal Democrats and arch conservatives."
Groups that represent feds and retirees, who oppose any cuts in benefits, protested the deal. But secretly they had to be high-fiving each other because it could have been so much worse.
None of the changes called for in the budget impact a single current federal worker.
The extra 1.3 percent payment employees will make to the FERS retirement plan applies only to people who aren't yet employees. Feds on the payroll as of Dec. 31 will continue to pay at their current rate. Anyone hired afterward will contribute 4.4 percent to FERS.
Because of an earlier deal, feds hired this year under the FERS plan pay 3.1 percent toward their pensions. All other workers under FERS, about 98 percent of the total employees, will continue to pay only 0.8 percent.
Originally, the House GOP proposal was for a 5.4 percent contribution for all federal workers. The White House wanted worker contributions be raised by 1.2 percent.
The headline, the take-away for feds, is what is not in the Murray-Ryan budget deal. It did not include:
- The so-called chained CPI which, if enacted, would permanently
reduce future cost-of-living adjustments for retired federal and military
personnel and people getting Social Security. On last week's Your Turn radio show, National Association of Active and
Retired Federal Employees' Jessica Klement said if the chained CPI had been
approved it would, over a 25-year period in retirement, trim $48,000 from the
benefits of the average fed retired today. Most of them are under the more
generous CSRS plan. Incidentally, the chained CPI was also endorsed by the White
House and most House Republicans.
- A Republican proposal, also backed by the administration, to
eliminate the Social Security supplemental. That is a paymnent FERS workers get
if they retire before they are eligible for Social Security. That supplement is
worth several thousand dollars per early retiree.
- The budget didn't mention any change in the way retirement benefits are computed. For years, cost-cutters have proposed basing annuities on the employees highest five-year average salary, instead of the high-three formula under current law.
NEARLY USELESS FACTOID
Compiled by Jack Moore
The CIA spent five years and $20 million trying to train a cat, outfitted with hidden microphones and transmitters, to act as a sercret spy. However, during the first test mission — involving scoping out a supposed Soviet meeting place in a Washington, D.C., park — the spy cat was struck by a passing taxi and killed, thus ending the project.
(Source: Today I Found Out)
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