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Furloughing the money-makers

If somebody guaranteed you $9 for every dollar you invested, would you take the deal? Most people would, but politicians who designed the sequestration process to save money may find it is also a costly exercise, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , workforce , sequestration , IRS , Colleen Kelley

Tuesday - 03/05/2013, 02:00am EST

Before furloughs, agencies must negotiate terms with unions

Customs and Border Protection became one of the first civilian agencies to notify the union that represents their employees that they want to begin discussing the implementation of furloughs under sequestration. NTEU and AFGE expect to hear from more agencies in the next two weeks if cuts from sequestration go into effect March 1.

Tags: workforce , furloughs , sequestration , AFGE , Colleen Kelley , David Borer , CBP , IRS , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 02/27/2013, 06:36am EST
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Sequestration, furloughs, federal pay raise, and more

Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, and Federal Times reporter Stephen Losey will discuss sequestration and other issues affecting federal workers.
February 13, 2013

Tags: pay and benefits , sequestration , furlough , Federal Workers , contractors , Colleen Kelley , Federal Times , Stephen Losey , federal pay raise , budget cuts , OMB , AFGE , Your Turn , Mike Causey

Wednesday - 02/13/2013, 07:34pm EST
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Unions, industry groups spar over impact of sequestration

Guidance from the administration on what steps federal agencies should take to prepare for potential across-the-board budget cuts has set off a war of words between federal-employee unions and industry groups. The American Federation of Government Employees says guidance exempts contractors at the expense of federal employees, but industry groups say the criticism is misguided.

Tags: budget , sequestration , industry , guidance , AFGE , J. David Cox , Colleen Kelley , PSC , Stan Soloway , TechAmerica , Trey Hodgkins , Jack Moore

Friday - 01/18/2013, 06:59pm EST

Obama to propose 1 percent pay increase in 2014 budget

President Barack Obama will recommend a 1 percent pay increase for federal employees in his fiscal 2014 budget request, according to federal-employee unions. The pay increase will apply to both civilian federal workers and military members. The White House is expected to release its full budget request next month.

Tags: pay and benefits , pay , Barack Obama , pay raise , pay freeze , Colleen Kelley

Friday - 02/08/2013, 08:34pm EST

Will federal pay freeze rear its head again?

With the House postponing a vote on extending the federal pay freeze, feds are back on course to get a slight pay increase in March for the first time in two years. But Andrew Biggs, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and an expert on public-sector compensation, says that the pressing budget issues the government faces means the issue of federal pay probably isn't going anywhere.

Tags: pay and benefits , In Depth , Francis Rose , pay debate , pay , Andrew Biggs , AEI , Colleen Kelley , Jack Moore

Monday - 02/04/2013, 07:49pm EST
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Did OPM flub Monday's delayed arrival announcement?

OPM announced federal offices would be open Monday on a "delayed arrival" schedule. It was the first time the agency has used the classification since it revamped its closure policies last year. But it didn't go off without a hitch - OPM updated the operating status language twice and some federal employees said they were confused by OPM's communication.

Tags: OPM , operating status , AFGE , John Berry , Jack Moore , Thomas Richards

Monday - 01/28/2013, 04:00pm EST

House rejects agency budget cuts in Sandy relief bill

The House soundly rejected an amendment to the Superstorm Sandy aid bill that would have required an across-the-board 1.63 percent cut to agency spending to offset the emergency funding. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) introduced the amendment last week along with a separate proposal to revoke a mass-transit subsidy for federal workers.

Tags: Congress , House , Mick Mulvaney , Colleen Kelley , budget , Superstorm Sandy , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 01/15/2013, 07:15pm EST

Sandy relief proposals 'unfairly target' feds, union says

A series of cost-savings amendments to the Superstorm Sandy aid bill the House will consider this week has drawn the ire of a federal-employee union who say the proposals "unfairly target" government workers. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) has proposed defraying some of the costs of the $50 billion recovery package by rescinding a mass-transit tax benefit for federal employees and by ordering more across-the-board agency budget cuts.

Tags: pay and benefits , mass-transit subsidy , Colleen Kelley , Mick Mulvaney , budget , Jack Moore

Monday - 01/14/2013, 04:26pm EST
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