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White House budget aims to boost federal employee pay, training

The White House's fiscal 2015 budget proposal released Tuesday aims to boost funding for federal-employee training, which has been hard hit by across-the-board sequestration cuts in recent years. The budget also proposes a 1 percent pay increase for federal employees and leaves untouched federal retirement programs.

Tags: budget , OMB , 2015 budget , pay and benefits , pay raise , workforce , FEHBP , FECA , NTEU , NFFE

Tuesday - 03/04/2014, 04:39pm EST

AFGE: staffing and budget cuts hurting EPA - February 28, 2014

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" EPA Council 238 Executive Vice President Denise Morrison and Local 704 President John O'Grady discuss the impact of staffing and budget cuts at EPA. AFGE VA Local 1988 Executive Vice President Geddes Scott, TSA Local 554 President Robert Williams and Department of Transportation Local 3313 EVP Robena Reid also appear.

Tags: Inside Government , workforce , Denise Morrison , Geddes Scott , Patrick Murphy , Robert Williams , Robena Reid

Thursday - 02/27/2014, 03:17pm EST
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AFGE members take action during Legislative Conference - February 14, 2014 and February 21, 2014

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" attendees of the union's annual Legislative and Grassroots Mobilization Conference discuss critical issues facing federal employees. Guests include Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray, Reps. Tom Cole (Okla.) and Chris Van Hollen (Md.), and the Rev. Terry Melvin, president of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists. AFGE Council of Prison Locals Western Regional Vice President Michael Meserve also appears.

Tags: Inside Government , workforce , Vincent Gray , Tom Cole , Chris Van Hollen , Rev. Terry Melvin , Michael Meserve

Wednesday - 02/12/2014, 02:53pm EST
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House Dems, employee groups want Obama to chuck chained CPI

More than 100 members of the House and a dozen outside groups have signed on to a letter to President Barack Obama from Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) requesting that the upcoming White House budget not include a proposal to alter the way retirees' cost-of-living adjustments are calculated. The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, the American Federation of Government Employees and the Military Officers Association of American have signed on in support of the letter.

Tags: pay and benefits , Congress , House , Allyson Schwartz , NARFE , Joseph Beaudoin , J. David Cox

Wednesday - 02/19/2014, 02:58pm EST

AFGE leader vows fight over pay, retirement benefits

After playing defense for much of last year the largest federal-employee union is ready to play offense. American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox gave a fiery speech at the union's annual legislative and grassroots mobilization conference in Washington. Also addressing the AFGE crowd were lawmakers from both sides of the aisle.

Tags: workforce , pay and benefits , retirement , J. David Cox , Chris Van Hollen , Tom Carper , Tom Cole , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 02/11/2014, 09:36am EST

AFGE sees ranks swell after turbulent year

After a turbulent 2013 that saw sequestration budget cuts and a two-week government shutdown, the largest federal-employee union is hoping to flex more political muscle this year. The American Federation of Government Employees says union membership is at its highest level in decades.

Tags: J. David Cox , workforce , Jack Moore , pay and benefits

Friday - 02/07/2014, 03:36pm EST

Affordable Care Act implementation continues - February 7, 2014

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" attendees of Families USA's Health Action 2014 Conference discuss the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Guests include National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare President and CEO Max Richtman, Citizen Action of Wisconsin Executive Director Robert Kraig, author and former insurance executive Wendell Potter, The Daily Beast Contributing Editor Eleanor Clift and Young Invincibles Senior Policy Analyst Christina Postolowski.

Tags: Inside Government , workforce

Thursday - 02/06/2014, 09:25am EST
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VA gets new tool to speed up claims processing, reduce backlog

DoD opens its electronic medical records to VA claims processors for the first time. The goal is to shave days or weeks from the time it takes VA to decide disability claims for recently separated service members. But the launch of the system has had a few bugs.

Tags: technology , health IT , information sharing , VA , Defense Health Agency , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Dave Bowen , Richard Thomas , Gerald Manar , Veterans of Foreign Wars , Eric Jenkins , Lorraine Landfried , Jared Serbu

Friday - 02/07/2014, 04:23am EST
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Union assists OPM workers affected by layoff - January 31, 2014

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" Office of Personnel Management Local 32 President Charlretta McNeill discusses sequestration's role in Reduction-in-Force notices being sent to 356 OPM employees, and how the union has helped those workers. Families USA Executive Director Ron Pollack, campaign strategist Ethan Rome and Tennessee Justice Center attorney Gordon Bonnyman highlight the latest Affordable Care Act developments from Families USA's Health Action 2014 Conference.

Tags: Inside Government , Charlretta McNeill , workforce , Ron Pollack , Ethan Rome , Gordon Bonnyman

Wednesday - 01/29/2014, 05:21pm EST
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Former Rep. Patrick Murphy continues veteran advocacy - January 17, 2014 and January 24, 2013

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" former Rep. Patrick Murphy (Pa.) discusses his MSNBC program, "Taking the Hill with Patrick Murphy," to bring attention to veterans issues. AFGE Legislative and Political Director Beth Moten previews the union's Legislative and Grassroots Mobilization Conference Feb. 9 - 12 while Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul details the latest manufacturing jobs numbers. National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare's Web Phillips reacts to service reductions at SSA.

Tags: workforce , Inside Government , Beth Moten , Scott Paul , Patrick Murphy , Web Phillips

Wednesday - 01/15/2014, 04:20pm EST
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