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Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) introduced a bill this week that could have a significant impact on government employees. Instead of the usual, and sometimes forgotten, 1 percent pay increase, Connolly's bill proposes a 3.8 percent pay raise. The question now is will it ever pass? Soon after, federal employees began to speak out about the bill. Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share some of your comments.

Tags: Julia Ziegler , Federal Drive , Gerry Connolly , Congress ,

Friday - 01/16/2015, 05:46am EST
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3.8 percent pay raise: Reality check!!!

A group of Democrats on Capitol Hill are proposing a 3.8 pay hike for federal employees. That's a good thing, right? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says the answer is complicated.

Tags: Mike Causey , Mike Causeys Federal Report , pay and benefits , pay raise , workforce

Friday - 01/16/2015, 02:00am EST

Is the SES pay-for-performance appraisal system working?

With fewer SES awards being handed out, Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association, wonders whether executives are performing less well than they did in years past or if the standards simply have gotten too tough?

Tags: Senior Executives Service , Senior Executive Association , Carol Bonosaro , OPM , OMB , pay for performance , Michael OConnell , management , workforce , retention

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 05:55pm 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: Gerry Connolly , Steny Hoyer , Congress , Shefali Kapadia , Richard Thissen , NARFE , 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

Obama makes 2015 federal pay raise official

Federal employees covered by the General Schedule and members of the military, among other feds, will get a 1 percent pay raise in January. Late Friday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order calling for the increases.

Tags: pay and benefits , pay raise , Barack Obama , GS schedule , military

Saturday - 12/20/2014, 03:00pm EST

Obama signs massive defense spending bill

Tags: Barack Obama , DoD , NDAA , pay raise ,

Friday - 12/19/2014, 07:10pm EST

Heidi Burakiewicz, Partner, Mehri & Skalet PLLC

In the famous folk song, railroad worker Big Jim Goff is blown a mile into the air by a premature explosion. Come the next payday, he's a dollar short. The mean foreman informs him, he was docked for the time he was up in the sky. That scenario is not so far-fetched. The same issues come up in modern workplaces, federal and private sector. Employment attorney Heidi Burakiewicz, a partner with Mehri and Skalet, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss two cases one in the federal sector and one in the private.

Tags: Heidi Burakiewicz , Mehri & Skalet PLLC , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , workforce ,

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 11:24am EST
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Norton's proposed bill rewards contractors for fair labor practices

When Congress resumes, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton is set to introduce a bill that directs federal agencies to give preferential points to federal government vendors based on their labor practices. Norton's is the latest in a series of bills and orders designed to improve working conditions for federal contracting employees.

Tags: contracting , Eleanor Holmes Norton , Congress , House , fair labor practices , labor laws , acquisition , PSC , workforce ,

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 05:04pm EDT

Labor: Minimum wage increase for federal contract workers

The Department of Labor released its final rule for a minimum wage hike for federal contracting employees by 2015.

Tags: minimum wage , Labor Department , Barack Obama , contracting , industry , Jory Heckman

Thursday - 10/09/2014, 04:55pm EDT

A fed's guide to the congressional blitz ahead

Will Congress pass a continuing resolution? Will Republicans try to block a 1 percent pay raise for feds? Federal News Radio tells you what to watch for as lawmakers return to Capitol Hill for a busy two weeks.

Tags: Congress , continuing resolution , Gerry Connolly , Emily Kopp

Monday - 09/08/2014, 04:00am EDT
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