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What has Congress done for you lately?

Jessica Klement, legislative director for the National Active and Retired Federal Employees association, joins host Mike Causey for a look at how members of Congress voted on legislation that matters to feds.
October 15, 2014

Tags: NARFE , Mike Causey , Your Turn , Congress , Andy Medici

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 11:57am EDT

Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

Next month, 399 representatives and 28 senators seek re-election. That means federal employees can oversee and grade the people who oversee and grade their agencies. The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association releases its annual scorecard in time for the election. It keeps tabs on the 113th Congress and how it votes on key legislation affecting federal employees. Jessica Klement, legislative director of NARFE, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about some of those key votes.

Tags: NARFE , Congress , In Depth

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 04:06pm EDT
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Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The House of Representatives might pass a continuing resolution today. The Senate could then vote on a CR as early as tomorrow. That means in just a few days your agency could have some budget certainty. At least until the end of December. Jessica Klement is Legislative Director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared what she sees from the CR process.

Tags: NARFE , continuing resolution , Congress , In Depth

Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:17pm EDT
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Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

When Congress comes back to work after Labor Day, it will have to figure out how to fund the government to start off fiscal year 2015. Most people think it will be a continuing resolution. But they may wind up needing more than the 12 days they have scheduled now. Jessica Klement is legislative director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said getting a budget in place will take up a lot of Congress's time -- and may stretch that time to the limit.

Tags: NARFE , continuing resolution , budget , In Depth

Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 04:40pm EDT
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1 percent pay raise; 1.9 percent COLA. Go figure!

Despite higher prices at the pump, overall living costs rose only slightly last month. For federal-military-Social Security retirees, that points to a 1.9 percent cost of living adjustment in January.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal workforce , pay and benefits , Your Turn , Andy Medici , COLA , pay

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 03:04am EDT

What's ahead for feds in 2015?

NARFE Legislative Director Jessica Klement, and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici will discuss chained CPI, pay raises, and other issues affecting feds.
July 23, 2014

Tags: pay and benefits , federal pay raise , federal retirement , chained CPI , NARFE , Federal Times , Andy Medici , grade creep , Mike Causey , Your Turn

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 05:22pm EDT
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Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The Government Accountability Office is in the middle of an ongoing, multi-year study on the pay system, and taking its findings to Capitol Hill. A House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee looked at the General Schedule last week. Jessica Klement is legislative director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. She shared her own ideas of how to reform the General Schedule on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: NARFE , GAO , general schedule

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 03:58pm EDT
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Congress puts pressure on OPM to release final phased retirement rule

Two letters sent from Capitol Hill in call for the Office of Personnel Management to explain why it's taking so long to release final phased retirement regulations, and demand a revised timeline for action. Phased retirement was passed into law two years ago this week.

Tags: OPM , phased retirement , Katherine Archuleta , Bob Leins , Tammy Flanagan , NARFE , Congress , Darrell Issa , For Your Benefit , Brian Deese

Monday - 07/07/2014, 04:17pm EDT

Feds interested in phased retirement left playing waiting game

The Office of Personnel Management now says it hopes to have regulations governing phased retirement finalized by October. That can't come soon enough for many federal employees on the cusp of retirement who are caught in the regulatory limbo.

Tags: OPM , workforce , retirement , phased retirement , Janet Benini , Tom Young , Katherine Archuleta , NARFE , Jack Moore

Monday - 06/09/2014, 02:00am EDT

Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The Internal Revenue Service is facing another big budget cut if the total the House of Representatives approved turns out to be the total the agency gets. The House voted for a bill to bring the IRS' 2015 spending limit to below sequestration levels. That's a cut of more than $300 million. Jessica Klement is Legislative Director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. She explained on In Depth with Francis Rose how the IRS' potential 2015 budget would affect its employees and other agencies.

Tags: IRS , NARFE , In Depth

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 03:08pm EDT
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