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Fearless forecast

NARFE Legislative Director Jessica Klement and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici will predict what's ahead for federal workers and retirees in 2015.
January 21, 2015

Tags: pay and benefits , Congress , retirement , USPS , pay raise , civil service reform , Jessica Klement , Federal Times , Andy Medici , Mike Causey , Your Turn

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 08:07pm EST
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Obama authorizes up to six weeks of paid parental leave for feds

President Barack Obama is signing a Presidential Memorandum today directing agencies to provide six weeks of advance sick leave for federal employees to care for their newborn child.

Tags: workforce , sick leave , Barack Obama , Richard Thissen , J.David Cox , AFGE , Michael OConnell , pay and benefits

Thursday - 01/15/2015, 03:12pm EST

House, Senate bills push for 3.8 percent federal pay raise

Companion bills introduced in the House and Senate would give federal employees a 3.8 percent pay raise next year. Federal employees received 1 percent pay raises in both 2014 and 2015, after three years of pay freezes.

Tags: pay , Gerry Connolly , Steny Hoyer , Congress , Shefali Kapadia , Richard Thissen , J. David Cox Sr. , AFGE , Senate , pay raise , workforce , NTEU , Federal-Postal Coalition , Ben Cardin , Brian Schatz , NFFE , House

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 09:31am EST

Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

Today is officially day number one of the 114th Congress. David Hawkings of Roll Call calls it the first day of school. And the education process gets under way today for people who represent federal employees before members of Congress. Jessica Klement is legislative director at the National Active and Retired Federal Employees association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained why it's so important to start today telling members about federal employee issues.

Tags: Jessica Klement , Congress , In Depth

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 04:21pm EST
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Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

A budget resolution early in 2015 is a top priority for the incoming 114th Congress. Republican leaders have already said they're interested in passing some federal workforce reforms. Jessica Klement is legislative director for the National Active and Retired Federal Employees association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said she's worried about the possibility of a budget reconciliation, and what that could mean for federal employee benefits in the future. In her Top 3 for 15, she says she's keeping a closer eye on federal workforce policy reforms coming from the new Congress.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Jessica Klement , Top 3 for 2015 , retirement , budget

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 05:29pm EST

Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The Office of Personnel Management's retirement claims backlog is down by about 10,000 claims in the past 10 months. The average processing time is at 37 days. OPM says an updated case management system will help it do better, but it's not sure yet what exactly that system will look like. Jessica Klement, legislative director for National Active and Retired Federal Employees, and her association's president, Richard Thissen, testified Wednesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, US Postal Service and the Census. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the concerns she's hearing from NARFE members.

Tags: Jessica Klement , House , OPM , In Depth

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 04:07pm EST
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How safe is your pension? Can you say Detroit!

The primary federal pensions plans -- CSRS and FERS --are the gold-standard compared to virtually any private-sector pension plan. But how safe are they? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tags: Mike Causey , Mike Causeys Federal Report , pension , CSRS , FERS , Jessica Klement , retirement , pay and benefits

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 02:00am EST

Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The continuing resolution funding your agency expires in 16 days, on Dec. 11. The possibilities for what happens after that ranges from another CR, to a full government shutdown, or even to Congress passing an omnibus bill. Jessica Klement is legislative director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she offered predictions on what might happen over the next few weeks.

Tags: Jessica Klement , continuing resolution , omnibus , budget , Congress , In Depth

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 04:51pm EST
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The lull before the lull

Uncle Sam isn't Detroit. At least not yet, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. But a growing number of politicians -- some seeking better ways to do things, some bureaucrat-haters -- are looking at the government retirement program as the place to make savings.

Tags: Mike Causey , Mike Causeys Federal Report , pay and benefits , chained CPI ,

Monday - 12/01/2014, 02:00am EST

Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The 113th Congress is on pace to be one of the least productive in history, according to the Pew Research Center. When Republicans take over the Senate in January, they'll deal with President Barack Obama entering his lame duck years. Jessica Klement is Legislative Director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared legislation that helps federal employees she'll try to push through the political standoff.

Tags: Jessica Klement , Pew Research Center , Congress , In Depth

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 04:25pm EST
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