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Amid the partisan wrangling, near shutdowns and crises averted 2011 saw serious proposals to reduce the federal workforce, rework its benefits and retirement structures and lock in stagnant pay rates for another year or two. Here's what to look for in 2012.
Tags: John Palguta , NTEU , Partnership for Public Service , Julie Tagen , NARFE , Congress , OMB , sequestration , supercommittee , budget , pay and benefits , workforce , 2011 and Beyond , Jack Moore
Reviewing the ups and downs of 2011, Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, expects more of the same in 2012.
President Barack Obama signed a bill Tuesday authorizing federal agencies to present an American flag to the families of federal employees killed in the line of duty.
Without Congressional action, the public transit benefit that many federal employees use to take the subway, bus or vanpool to work will decrease on Jan. 1 from $230 to $125 per month. Feds said, for the most part, they'll continue to use mass transit even if it costs them more to get to work.
Tags: mass transit benefit , NTEU , Congress , Ben Cardin , Barbara Mikulski , Matthew Magazu , Shannon Richardson , FEMA , Caroline Tiplin , Keith Eichenholz , HHS , Emily Kopp , telework , pay and benefits
Maryland and Virginia lawmakers say federal employees have been singled out enough and shouldn't endure another year of a pay freeze or other benefit cuts. The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act includes such provisions. Rep. Gerry Connolly said continued pay freezes or reduction in benefits will impact recruiting and retention of employees.
Senate Democrats blocked a bill for the second time that would freeze federal pay for three more years in order to offset an extension of the payroll tax cut. The Democrats own plan to pay for the extension with a surtax on the income of millionaires was also voted down.
One of the largest federal-employee unions has called on Congress to pass new legislation to retain a pretax mass-transit commuter benefit, which is set to be cut nearly in half starting in January. In a letter to members of the House and Senate, NTEU President Colleen Kelley said reducing the $230-a-month transit benefit would affect tens of thousands of federal employees that rely on public transportation to get to and from work.
Some call the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's approval of a 10 percent cut in the federal workforce is a political statement. Others worry it portends cuts in federal pay, benefits or jobs. Federal employees' groups have stepped up lobbying efforts.
Tags: Dennis Ross , Jim Cooper , NTEU , Jessica Klement , FMA , House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee , Reducing the Size of the Federal Government Throug , Congress , workforce , Robert Tobias , American University , Emily Kopp
Union president Colleen Kelley explains that the NTEU thinks the reforms are a positive step in the right direction, but they do still have concerns.
Colleen Kelley gives her thoughts to the Daily Debrief.