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  • Make a decision now!
    CH1RET
    Leadership is about making tough decisions to live within your means. Congress stop the BS and playing games; make a dam decision. The longer you wait the more impact on the work force. Bought a house shortly after I retired in 2005 based on reasonable expectation of job stability as a GS employee. I beleive, I could be forced into a mortgage default if furloughed. Wake-up your playing games with your most valubale resource - people.
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  • What are the affects on benefits?
    Ann Marie Thomas
    I'm getting close to reaching my high 3 and looking to possibly retiring early. How will the furlough effect high 3 attainment, retirement calculations, and leave accruals (I'm saving sick leave for additional retirement funds)? It's bad enough taking a 20% pay cut (may have to lower my TSP contributions), but it seems there's a possibility that our benefits will also be impacted. I'm trying not to complain because I know there are many out there that can't make ends meet with 20% less, but for those of us that have meticulously planned our future, it sure puts a big bump in the road.
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  • Effects
    Joe
    Your high 3 will probably peak the day before the first furlough - it cannot go down. It just won't go up. We should still get our regular annual and sick leave accruals. But cannot use it on a furlough day.
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  • Check with the people qualified to give answers
    Moderate
    Please check with your personell people. This may be more complicated than we know.
    worker
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  • Another bright idea
    MichaelF
    Consider that the furloughs come from the same people who came up with Supply-Side economics and other small disasters. The proposal strikes at middle class feds. Remember when our policy makers actually accepted the fact that the middle class drives our economy?
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  • Old News???
    vetdude
    Why is the possibility of sequestration and the impact on the national and local economies no longer worthy of media coverage? I agree with the prior poster - Congress should be first to be furloughed.
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  • Why no media coverage?
    Rob
    The mainstream media is not going to cover anything that would be negative for this administration PERIOD!
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  • Why no media coverage?
    MichaelF
    You mean negative for Congress.
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  • Fed Emp contribution
    contrarian
    Look we all know Fed give backs have been huge, but in relation to the problem they could keep 100% of our salaries and it would make no difference. I'm not saying there shouldn't be belt tightening, but I think we're all the typical Obama straw man. Go back for years and watch him and you'll see this same debate technique over and over. It's brilliant because it feeds into those crazy Repubs whose first answer is to cut Fed Emps. We are the giant distraction in this magic trick.
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  • Republicans need to be more centrist
    Moderate
    It is a shame you lash out at Obama. Your comments are a total stretch to the breaking point. It is the nutty Republicans who are pushing to stick it to us. It is a shame the Republican Party has moved so far to the right. Perhaps if it was more of a centrist party, we would not be in this situation.
    worker
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