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  • it matters
    Zoopy
    I'm presently paid about market rate (if health benefits are factored in). The combined effect of this change + a pay freeze + increased health premiums + inflation means my standard of living would drop pretty seriously. I'm honestly not sure how long I'd stay around if all that happened + the private sector picks back up.
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  • It will hurt. . .
    SloppyJoe
    How big a chunk-of-change will this cost you? Simply find your salary from the GS schedule table, divide by 2087 (number of hours in a work year- don’t ask where they got the extra 7 from, leap year I think), which gives you your hourly rate. Multiply that by 80 (for 80 hours in a biweek) – this is your biweekly base pay, then multiply by .05 (5 percent) – this will give you the money you will lose every biweek – multiply that by 26 (26 biweeks in a year) and divide by 12 to finally arrive at what you will lose a month with no added benefits (including any tax deduction benefits). I stand to lose several hundred dollars a month. A senior manager I know, who is on FERS, stands to lose about $645/month. I certainly did not sign onto this when I entered the civilian side after leaving the military. It seems the Republicans will stand by their constituencies (e.g., the big five oil companies) and not cave in to political pressure (give the Republicans credit, no matter how much you and 80 percent of the public wanted to see the oil subsides go away, they stand their ground); hopefully, the present administration will stand up for the middle class and not use the federal worker as some kind of political expedient. I am confident they won’t, or will at least consider other options (e.g. such as applying the proposal to new hires who know what they are getting into when hired) or the high-5 (as opposed to the high-3), which I can plan for, LATER – but taking bread off my table NOW when I am already struggling, is difficult to stomach…
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  • Dumb Folks in WH/Where are there Pension Cuts?
    LindaH
    Fear is a mind killer, I will face my fear and let it pass through me It is high time that Fed Employees has a voice inference to congress--. Other than that, all this stuff that congress is talking about doing will NEVER EVER fix the situation that Bush I, Bush II (definitely) and Obama (an add on to GWB) has created. Even if they could get away with all the cutting this and that from the Federal Employees it will not SOLVE the deficit issues. What they are doing is trying fix one MAJOR ISSUE by creating an even MAJOR.PROBLEM for > the middle class, the country and this unstable economy in which the US is not out of yet in spite of all the false rhetoric that congress like to put out on the news. These problems will be here even when Obama is out and a lot of other Presidents that come after him. The facts here are that congress is fighting a NO WIN situation and nothing they do will EVER SOLVE these issuesAmericans need to WAKE UP and pull their heads out of their 4 corner contact and start praying that God remove these DEVILS and restore a blessing of good people to office and equality back into the country
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  • Remove Bush tax cuts for the wealthy
    Moderate
    Remove Bush tax cuts for the wealthy might be a start to solving the problems. Wealthy is not $250000 especially if you live in NY or San Francisco.
    worker
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  • Cutting Fed Salaries
    OEF_Vol
    I don't understand why Congress feels that they can balance the budget on the backs of the federal workforce. Top talent will run to the private sector where they'll get higher paychecks and better benefits.
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  • I partially agree
    Zoopy
    At least in my case: Private sector = better pay, worse benefits, slightly less vacation, much worse job protection.
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  • pay decrease
    marien
    The dirty fact is that members of Congress, both sides, aren't that concerned about losing talent from the federal workforce. They know if their office sends constituents' mail to a federal agency for reply, they will get the researched, knowledgeable reply they want because a manager somewhere will make a civil servant(s) stay late until the letters are done. I've lived through that. The constituent thinks their elected official is so dang smart; little do they know it was a dreaded fed that wrote the letter. Members also know that there are plenty of people looking for a job so there will always be someone new to fill slots, if they allow slots to be filled. The coldness of this is that the hate campaign against federal workers has taken hold among the general public and the White House. We all know what kind of conversations take place behind closed doors then what happens when decisions are turned over to PR to be spun to the public. Hunker down. The crest of middle class prosperity in the United States is over.
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  • You are right, but missing so much more
    mike1987
    Once the economy picks up, the net effect to Government (State and Federal) will be devastating. Experience alone will disappear. All this in sourcing will be reversed because those with the know will be on the outside. Government costs will actually rise as they will pay more for the very knowledge they drove out. When disasters strike, people will in fact suffer and republicans and weak democrats will prove that government does not work, especially when you force them out. THIS WILL NOT WELL
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  • Pension Change
    JanetS
    This article implies the proposed changes will only affect FERS employees - that is definitely not the case CSRS employees will be equally affected.
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  • CSRS
    Moderate
    I am CSRS eligible to retire. If this happens, I am gone.
    worker
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