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  • Worse?
    SalMD
    Why would a hiring freeze or shutdown be worse? Both of these things are temporary. The current 2 year proposal is in reality permanent. It repesents a 1.5 percent loss to employees in 2011, 4 percent in 2012 (cumlative of 1.5 for 2011 and perhaps 2.5 for 2012) and then 4 percent for the rest of one's lifetime earnings as it is unlikely to be recaptured. This will only serve to widen the pay gap permanently making qualified candidates that much less likely to apply. That is unless you believe that Congress and the President will enact larger pay increases to make up for these years of no increases. Seems unlikely to me.
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  • Could be better???
    Big Joe
    Lets see..... I do information security, which is a highly sought after skill, as a GS14. I have no pay increase for two years...along with no bonuses, training, etc. One thing I do have is an offer from a contracting company that will pay $40k more than I'm currently making plus training, bonuses, and profit sharing............ What exactly is keeping me here working for the Fed?
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  • Seriously?
    LindaK
    Perhaps what is keeping you working for the fed is the fact in this economy, the contracting company isn't hireing?
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  • Seriously ???
    Big Joe
    Linda....ah...no. You see, an offer is what you get when you are about to be hired. Its a job offer. I have until Jan 15th to decide, so unless this huge company folds in the next two weeks and rescinds their offer......
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  • Seriously?
    LindaK
    Perhaps what is keeping you working for the fed is the fact in this economy, the contracting company isn't hireing?
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  • Good Question
    Kenny Ray
    Big Joe, Excellent question. Some possible answers, the contractor job could go away because: 1. The company loses the next contract 2. Your boss decides he doesn’t like you 3. The company gets sold, relocates, etc. 4. You are in your late 40’s or 50’s and just a little bit worried about how you will stack up against all the “young turks” fresh out of grad school. In short, you’ve sort of gotten used to knowing you have a job, health care, and at least some prospect for a retirement. On the other hand, if your skills are so highly sought after, then the answer to your question is “don’t let the door hit you in the butt on your way out.”
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  • The sun will come out, tomorrow (not)
    Just me
    The problem with chirpy, pollyanna type predictions is that they're invariably wrong. Things aren't likely to get worse? The pay freeze will blunt calls for staff reductions and a furlough? Not true. The reason we're likely to see both furloughs AND staff reductions is because it's an easy victory for republicans. Doing these things, on top of the pay freeze, gives the republicans a claim to being "more serious about the deficit than the President", and allows them a "no cost" (to them) victory. They can attack federal employees, thereby presenting the appearance of doing something without having to give up anything of substance (to them).
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  • President and Current Congressional Majority Proposing this are Democrats
    Radar Tech
    Uh, nice try, but the Democrat President is the one proposing this pay freeze and it is the Democrat Congress that is either going to pass it or kick it down the road for the Republicans to pass. Your partisanship is showing. I guess you also forgot that it was Democrat Al Gore that started this whole "reinventing government" kick that downsized the Federal employees and gave our jobs to contractors (at a higher cost) in the first place. I remember being with my fellow Union members doing an informational picket against Al Gore because of this. I'm not saying that the Republicans are any better, but you need to be honest and put the blame where it belongs. This current Democrat President is the one that proposed the Federal employee pay freeze and he did it for political reasons. It is supposed to save a grand total of about $5 Billion over the 2 year period. We both know that that is eye-wash that plays well on a sound bite. It will have virtually no impact on the $1 Trillion deficit or the $3 Trillion debt. Meanwhile, we keep paying unemployment benefits to those that are not working at all and we keep paying the cost of illegal migrants, etc. How's that "war on poverty" coming along? You know, the Democrat Great Society that rips off everyone that works to give benefits to those that don't? I have to hand it to Democrat President Clinton and the Rublicans in Congress...at least they finally limited it to a 5 year lifetime benefit. Be honest and take off the partisan glasses.
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  • Perhaps you should look in a mirror?
    Just me
    Partisanship? Not hardly. My observation reflects the fact that (a) the new Congress campaigned on this very issue; (b) the new Congress will be seated in less than ten days; (c) the basis for attacks on feds has been the right wing (republican) Heritage and Cato institute reports; and (d) the very long history of hatred for the federal service by the republicans. Do the Democrats get a pass on this issue? No, but it would be overly naive to argue that the Republicans won't try to "one up" President Obama on this issue. This is THEIR flagship issue, this campaign season, and thus republicans WILL propose furloughs and pay cuts. The pay freeze will spare us nothing.
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  • What part of "Obama's Proposed Pay Freeze" Do You Not Understand?
    Radar Tech
    President Obama is the one that proposed this pay freeze...not the Cato Institute or the Heritage Foundation, but the leader of the democrat party. Nancy and Harry didn't stop it or propose a better way; and the history is that Al Gore started all the contracting out of our jobs. These are facts. You can try to blame republicans all you want, but the facts remain unchanged. This is what you voted for and you are getting it. The democrats have held both houses and the presidency for 2 years and their big solution is to freeze our pay. Those are the facts.
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  • Federal Pay Freeze
    Kenny Ray
    A message to all fellow federal employees who feel put out, beat down, discouraged, etc about the pay freeze. I know the freeze and federal employment in general have elicited a lot of complaints and acrimony, but PLEASE, PLEASE read today's (30 Dec) Washington Post online (it may also be in the print edition) The article is "Falling From the Middle Class" In particular read the account from Patrica Fecher in Fairborn, Ohio. Then see if our (federal employees) situation is so bad. Try to view the complaints from some federal employees through the eyes and ears of the folks in this article and bear in mind they are a mere sampling of the total number of fellow Americans in the same boat. I've included a direct link to the article below. Please take a moment to read it and reflect, I mean really reflect on what it says to you. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/interactivity/middle-class.html?hpid=topnews&appSession=117192871391672
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