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President signs fallen flags for feds bill

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.

Tags: workforce , Congress , House , Senate , Civilian Service Recognition Act , Colleen Kelley

Tuesday - 12/20/2011, 05:38pm EST

Feds plan to shell out more money to get to work

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 , Colleen Kelley , Congress , Ben Cardin , Barbara Mikulski , Matthew Magazu , Shannon Richardson , FEMA , Caroline Tiplin , Keith Eichenholz , HHS , Emily Kopp , telework , pay and benefits

Friday - 12/16/2011, 05:35am EST
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Democratic lawmakers trying to beat back another federal pay freeze

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.

Tags: pay and benefits , Congress , John Boehner , Gerry Connolly , Chris Van Hollen , Ben Cardin , AFGE , Colleen Kelley , John Gage , pay freeze , NARFE , Julie Tagen , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/15/2011, 05:40am EST
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Senators call for mass-transit benefit extension

A group of 22 senators has called on the Senate Finance Committee to take up extending a mass-transit commuter tax benefit, which expires at the end of the year. The mass-transit benefit is set to be cut nearly in half from $230 a month to $120 starting next year, barring action by Congress.

Tags: pay and benefits , Congress , House , Senate , mass-transit benefit , Barbara Mikulski , Ben Cardin , Senate Finance Committee

Monday - 12/12/2011, 02:36pm EST

Senate blocks federal pay freeze extension a second time

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.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , federal pay freeze , Dean Heller , Colleen Kelley , payroll tax cut , Jack Moore

Thursday - 12/08/2011, 09:20pm EST

NTEU calls on Congress to boost mass-transit tax benefit

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.

Tags: mass transit benefit , Colleen Kelley , Congress , House , Senate , paytoll tax cut

Wednesday - 12/07/2011, 07:48pm EST

Proposal to cut federal workforce raises concerns

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 , Colleen Kelley , 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

Monday - 11/07/2011, 05:29am EST
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NTEU wants merit system preserved with hiring reform

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.

Tags: management , pay and benefits , Colleen Kelley , hiring reform , OPM , Dorothy Ramienski

Wednesday - 05/12/2010, 08:00pm EDT
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NTEU conference features OMB's Jeffrey Zients

WFED's Max Cacas reports.

Tags: pay & benefits , management , Jeffrey Zients , OMB , Max Cacas

Wednesday - 03/10/2010, 05:15pm EST
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