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Members of the federal family have an outsized stake in the outcome of the Syria debate, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. The term boots-on-the-ground is a popular but distant buzzword for politicians and pundits. But many feds have literally been in those boots.
House Democrats have crafted their own plan to temporarily fund federal agencies when the new fiscal year starts Oct. 1. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee announced Thursday he plans to introduce a Democratic alternative to the GOP continuing resolution that would replace automatic budget constraints set to continue into fiscal 2014.
Greg Stanford, director of government affairs for the Federal Managers Association, and Federal Times Senior Writer Sean Reilly will discuss furloughs, layoffs, and other issues affecting federal workers.
September 11, 2013
Tags: pay and benefits , budget battle , Congress , furloughs , layoffs , Federal employee retirement , health plans , pay freeze , Greg Stanford , Federal Managers Association , Sean Reilly , Federal Times , Mike Causey , Your Turn
The number of furlough appeals coming in each day to the Merit Systems Protection Board is steadily decreasing, allowing the board to move forward with consolidating appeals and preparing them for adjudication.
Majority of appeals are from DoD employees and the MSPB's regional offices have docketed nearly all of the furlough-related appeals.
Sequestration has left tens of thousands of federal workers dazed, angry and broke, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So were they wrong, or are they wimps? Were you tapped by the furlough fairy's magic wand? If so, how come? If not, how did you escape?
Congress returns to work today with a crowded agenda and little time. Lawmakers must come to agreement on 2014 funding before the fiscal year ends Sept. 30 or risk a government shutdown. Also on the agenda: coming up with an alternative to the automatic spending constraints known as sequestration and negotiating a raise in the government's borrowing limit. There are also other measures affecting federal employees that remain to be worked out, including legislation to overhaul the cash-strapped Postal Service and a potential 1 percent pay raise for civilian federal workers.
Tags: Congress , budget , House , Senate , appropriations , Philip Joyce , Romina Boccia , Heritage Foundation , Jessica Klement , NARFE , continuing resolution , debt limit , pay raise , postal reform , Tom Carper , Gerry Connolly , workforce
Everybody knows that sequestration has saved the taxpayers a bundle of money, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But is there a downside, in addition to the furloughs, appeals and angst? How is it where you are?
Like everything else, the Pentagon expects to cut procurement and research spending under a second year of sequestration. But DoD's acquisition chief said modernization programs will be a bill-payer for other areas of spending that are harder to reduce quickly.
A bevy of issues has piled up on lawmakers' to-do list, including fiscal 2014 funding and a pay raise for federal employees. But they don't have much time to act. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), whose district includes many federal employees and contractors, tells Federal News Radio the climate of uncertainty is having a negative impact on both groups.