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  • Light at end of tunnel: Sunshine or trainwreck
    PAULE
    But they are reducing the amount being taken out for SS but lets get those federal employees, they have it to good, (Yah Right). When people in privite sector jobs are getting the big bonus and big salarys who cares about the low level federal employee, but now O poor me in the privite sector.
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  • Reduction in quantity and quality of employees
    Moderate
    You were very much on point. We are still behind the private sector. We get hit during economic downturns, but do not share in the upturns. The feds will attract less competent people. Congress and the public will still expect results with less people and less competency. Wonder what will happen then?
    worker
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  • The public has to see a difference....
    NOVAJacket
    Until the public notices a difference in the quality or output of the federal workforce, federal workers will continue to bear the brunt of pressures to cut costs in their compensation. As long as federal jobs have many applicants, Congress believes compensation is more than enough. Hard to fill jobs getting fewer applicants would be the canary in the mine.... If Congress were to get rid of the FERS pension for future hires - - or make it much less that it is today - - they would remove the final handcuffs. Federal workers would then be free to leave at any time with NO PENALTY. Their Thrift and Social Security would follow them anywhere. It costs a lot to hire a federal worker. How much does it cost to replace one?
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  • Replacing government workers
    Moderate
    There are many applicants a few jobs due to the economy. Eventually, that will change. Additionally, you have many people eligible to retire. The predicted tsunami may be starting. We will see. OIf we are replaced by lesser quality people or no people, services will suffer. Guess time will tell.
    worker
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  • FERS Sick Leave Credit
    NOVAJacket
    will put a damper in retirements from the FERS crowd until 2014, when they get to count all their sick leave instead of only half. Fed employees are between a rock and a hard place. If services suffer with lesser quality people, all it will do is provide Congress with more ammunition to punish federal workers. Can you imagine the reaction from the American public to a Congressman saying that the reason federal workers perform so poorly is we don't pay them enough.....
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  • Federal Jobs
    Moderate
    As a CSRS employee, my sick leave credit is twice and good or almost twice as good as yours. Guess what. it means very little. It will take about 50 years for me to recover the value of the sick leave by getting the credit.(50 years x 2% per year) It will take you 100 years to do so if you retire before age 62 (1% x 100 years) or 90 years if you retire after age 62 (90 x 1.1%) This would not sway too many people.------ As far as the public reaction, what would they do? Fire the workers? Who replaces them if there are not enough people applying for the jobs, or they are even worse? You get what you pay for.
    worker
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  • You are missing the point....
    NOVAJacket
    It is all relative.....those that retire on 31 December 2013 miss by one day the opportunity to get full credit for their FERS sick leave. If you had 1 year of sick leave built up, you would get six months credit on 31 December and 1 year on 31 January. Those that were considering retiring sometime in 2012/2013 will think about waiting until sometime in 2014. That will put a damper on retirements from the FERS crowd, especially those with substantial sick leave balances. It will have no effect on the remaining CSRS crowd. They will make their decision based on what they think pay will be in the future (see Causey's column on COLA vs. pay raise)
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  • Sick leave for FERS people
    Moderate
    Let me use an example to put this in perspective. Your average pay is $100000. You have a year of sick leave. You are below 62. If you wait until 2014 you will get $1000 per year from that sick leave. If you retire in 2013 you will get $500 per year. Some will be affected and decide to stay longer. Others will not. It depends on what you want. There is no right or wrong. I believe, but cannot prove, that if a FERS person wants to retire in 2013, the sick leave issue will not change his (her) mind
    worker
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