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The Department of Veterans Affairs will temporarily suspend a program that requires more than 10,000 disability claims processors to work at least 20 hours of overtime per month with VA Secretary Eric Shinseki saying Thursday he had to be careful not to burn out his workforce.
The Office of Personnel Management's efforts to process retirement claims and reduce a longstanding backlog slipped last month, after the agency was forced to cancel employee overtime because of automatic budget cuts. OPM processed 10,954 claims in May, according to new data, 546 fewer than it had projected. That's only the third time in the past 16 months - since the agency rolled out a new plan for clearing the backlog — that OPM failed to hit its processing goal.
In order to counter funding reductions due to sequestration, Customs and Border Protection has begun sending furlough notices to many of its 60,000 employees. An officer in the union representing CBP agents says these measures amount to a 40 percent reduction in salaries.
One construction inspector made $32,090 in overtime in January and February.
Before you think about tacking on a few more hours of overtime this week, be forewarned. If you work 10 or 11 hours a day, you are more likely to suffer serious heart problems.
FederalNewsRadio finds 77 percent of respondents say they work more than eight hours in a day. Two-thirds of the federal employees who responded also say they work more than 80 hours in two weeks. Feds say the perception they don't work hard is unfair and rarely accurate.