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AFGE, NTEU try to stave off changes to retirement benefits

The two employee unions say lawmakers shouldn't make up for sequestration cuts by forcing federal employees to contribute more to their retirement. House and Senate legislators are working on a small-scale budget deal that reportedly includes a provision to alter federal retirement benefits.

Tags: workforce , pay and benefits , retirement , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , J. David Cox , Steny Hoyer , Congress , Paul Ryan , Patty Murray , Gerry Connolly , Frank Wolf , Jim Moran , budget , Jason Miller

Friday - 12/06/2013, 04:07am EST

OFPP's proposed increase in contractor salary cap upsets all

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy issued a memo to agencies setting the new benchmark for reimbursable costs at $952,308, up from $763,029 in 2011 for certain contractor employee salaries. The contractor cap has increased 55 percent over the last four years. OFPP blames Congress for not acting to change the formula for calculating the annual increases.

Tags: contracting , industry , OFPP , contractor compensation cap , Joe Jordan , Stan Soloway , PSC , J. David Cox , Congress , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/05/2013, 04:27am EST

Union advocates for more VA staffing, funding - November 22, 2013 and November 29, 2013

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" attendees of the union's recent National Veterans Affairs Council Convention discuss issues impacting veterans and workers at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Guests include Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, AFGE VA Local 1273 Vice President Travis Riggs and John Bradley, former senior staffer on the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees.

Tags: Inside Government , workforce , Nina Turner , Travis Riggs , John Bradley

Wednesday - 11/20/2013, 02:17pm EST
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AFGE proposes TSA reforms after LAX shooting - November 8, 2013 and November 15, 2013

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" National President J. David Cox Sr. proposes reforms at the Transportation Security Administration after last week's shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport. Rep. Donna Edwards (Md.) discusses upcoming budget battles on Capitol Hill, AFGE Federal Protective Service Local 918 President David Wright addresses training concerns with the FPS contractor workforce and DoD Local 2024 Chief Steward Donald Hands talks about ways to engage retired union members.

Tags: Inside Government , workforce , J. David Cox Sr. , David Wright , Donald Hands , Donna Edwards

Wednesday - 11/06/2013, 03:36pm EST
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Gunman kills TSA officer at LAX, wounds 2 others

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Saturday - 11/02/2013, 04:10am EDT

Union opposes effort to mandate cameras on Border Patrol agents - November 1, 2013

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" National Border Patrol Council Vice President Shawn Moran opposes a Customs and Border Protection proposal that would mandate the use of cameras in vehicles and on Border Patrol agents. Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund Communications and Development Director Robyn Kehoe details FEEA's efforts to help federal employees furloughed due to sequestration and the government shutdown. AFGE TSA Local 556 President Don Thomas and DoD Local 2516 President Paul Ferris also appear.

Tags: Inside Government , workforce , Robyn Kehoe , Shawn Moran , Don Thomas , Paul Ferris

Thursday - 10/31/2013, 09:06am EDT
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In House-Senate budget talks, feds fear being familiar target

When House and Senate lawmakers kicked off formal budget negotiations this week for the first time since the government shutdown ended, both Republicans and Democrats said replacing sequestration, the blunt across-the-board budget cuts, with an alternative plan would be a top priority. The sticking point remains how to pay for it. Federal-employee unions and advocacy groups fear federal pay and benefits will once again be on the table.

Tags: sequestration , Congress , House , Senate , Patty Murray , Paul Ryan , pay and benefits , retirement contributions , Jessica Klement , NARFE , Jacque Simon , Jack Moore

Thursday - 10/31/2013, 12:51pm EDT

Rep. Sarbanes looks back on shutdown, praises feds - October 25, 2013

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" Rep. John Sarbanes (Md.) looks back on the government shutdown and praises federal employees' commitment to public service while former Clinton White House spokesman Bob Weiner discusses what's next as new budget deadlines approach. AFGE Department of Defense Local 2077 President Jon Suminski and Executive Vice President Darold Hubbard also appear.

Tags: Inside Government , workforce , Bob Weiner , Rep. John Sarbanes , Jon Suminski , Darold Hubbard

Wednesday - 10/23/2013, 02:38pm EDT
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AFGE members chart union's future from Leadership Conference - October 18, 2013

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" Transportation Security Administration Local 1127 President George Stebbins and Department of Transportation Local 3313 VP Tyler Patterson discuss the union's future from AFGE's recent Leadership Conference. Working America North Carolina State Director Carolyn Smith and AFGE TSA Local 1127 member Jason Miller also appear from the recent North Carolina State AFL-CIO Convention.

Tags: Inside Government , workforce , Carolyn Smith , George Stebbins , Jason Miller , Tyler Patterson

Wednesday - 10/16/2013, 02:02pm EDT
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Pentagon says shutdown wasted at least $600 million

A tally totaling the costs of the government shutdown on the Defense Department only includes lost work-hours from civilian furloughs, not additional government costs from interest payments, contract delays or other impacts from the shutdown. AFGE and NTEU are asking agencies to speed up back pay to federal workers.

Tags: DoD , management , government shutdown , pay and benefits , furlough , NTEU , Robert Hale , J David Cox , Colleen Kelley , Jared Serbu

Friday - 10/18/2013, 04:18am EDT
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