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Robert Autry, President, AFGE Local 4060

Funding for DHS expires at midnight tonight, which means Congress is quickly running out of time to pass another continuing resolution. If they don't do it today, nearly 30,000 employees will be furloughed. Among the hardest hit will be FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Robert Autry, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 4060, which represents FEMA headquarters employees here in Washington, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to further explain how a shutdown would impact the agency.

Tags: Robert Autry , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , DHS , shutdown , FEMA , furloughs

Friday - 02/27/2015, 09:38am EST
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5 reasons AFGE is hopeful about the Republican Congress

"Those we can't sweet talk, we're going to work like hell to vote out of office," said AFGE President J. David Cox. But it may not get to that.

Tags: J David Cox , unions , Congress , Rob Wittman , lobbying , Emily Kopp , labor unions

Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:07pm EST

Unions gather troops for battle over pay, sequestration

AFGE and NTEU -- the two biggest labor unions in the federal government -- bring members to Washington to persuade Republican lawmakers to support a pay raise and repeal sequestration.

Tags: J. David Cox , labor unions , NTEU , lobbying , Congress , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 03:12pm EST

Rep. Edwards makes another bid to repeal pension contribution increase

Rep. Donna Edwards reintroduces the Federal Employee Pension Fairness Act to rescind the laws requiring feds hired after 2013 to pay more into their pensions than those hired before them.

Tags: workforce , pay and benefits , Congress , Donna Edwards , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , J. David Cox , Jason Miller

Friday - 02/06/2015, 04:47am EST

Five things every federal employee should know about the Obama budget

A 1.3-percent pay raise, reforms to the Senior Executive Service and increased emphasis on employee feedback are just some of the initiatives proposed in President Barack Obama's 2016 budget.

Tags: budget , pay raise , NFFE , J. David Cox , NARFE , Richard Thissen , SES , employee engagement , Emily Kopp

Monday - 02/02/2015, 03:23pm EST

House bills slash federal workforce, start possible hiring freeze

A collection of new House bills aim to slash the federal workforce, let go of 120,000 civilian employees at the Pentagon and take back top secret security clearances for contractors in the intelligence community.

Tags: Congress , workforce , workforce reductions , Cynthia Lummis , Ken Calvert , J. David Cox , DoD , REDUCE Act , Chris Van Hollen , Sheila Jackson Lee , Disclose Act , Sean McCalley

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 04:13pm EST

Obama authorizes up to six weeks of paid parental leave for feds

President Barack Obama is signing a Presidential Memorandum today directing agencies to provide six weeks of advance sick leave for federal employees to care for their newborn child.

Tags: workforce , sick leave , Barack Obama , Richard Thissen , NARFE , J.David Cox , Michael OConnell , pay and benefits

Thursday - 01/15/2015, 03:12pm EST

House, Senate bills push for 3.8 percent federal pay raise

Companion bills introduced in the House and Senate would give federal employees a 3.8 percent pay raise next year. Federal employees received 1 percent pay raises in both 2014 and 2015, after three years of pay freezes.

Tags: pay , Gerry Connolly , Steny Hoyer , Congress , Shefali Kapadia , Richard Thissen , NARFE , J. David Cox Sr. , Senate , pay raise , workforce , NTEU , Federal-Postal Coalition , Ben Cardin , Brian Schatz , NFFE , House

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 09:31am EST

GAO raises concerns about quality of OPM official time data

GAO finds discrepancies in OPM data on union-related work by federal employees. OPM admits that official time reporting is not a priority.

Tags: workforce , official time , NTEU , OPM , Colleen Kelley , J. David Cox , Darrell Issa , Tom Coburn , Phil Gingrey , GAO , Elise Garofalo

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 06:37pm EST

Agencies should expect more aggressive oversight by GOP-controlled Congress

Experts from both sides of the aisle expect the Senate and House to coordinate investigations and hearings on executive branch programs. The budget and the confirmation processes also will become more difficult.

Tags: Congress , oversight , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , Ron Johnson , House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee , Jason Chaffetz , Mike Turner , David Marin , The Podesta Group , Tevi Troy , Seth Harris , J. David Cox , 2014 election , Jason Miller

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 04:49am EST
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