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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.
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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.
A common stereotype suggests that Federal workers enjoy cushy, 9-to-5 jobs. But is that true? Federal News Radio's Max Cacas continues our week-long special series, "The Five Fallacies of Government". Today: "Federal workers are in and out in 8 hours."
Agency says burrowing is not a huge problem. But OPM director Berry sets new rules that take effect Jan. 1 to expand oversight and review of these proposed hires.