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  • Its here
    jst
    Well, the Tea Party may get their way on this one. Things are going to be really tight here pretty quick. While it may take 30 days for personnel to get their Furlogh letters, that are already being printed I can almost guarantee it! Then once the feeding frenzy starts, they (congress), is going to unload a bunch more that you and I already have not been made aware of. Today it was announced that across the board hiring freezes and bonus's have been ordered by OMB and Personnel. Now that said, this is going to get worse before it gets better. We are only building up steam for the worst to come. If people want to set and think that it won't be any worse, that is their choice but they are not living in reality. One of the economic signs is going to come out of the Stock Market. Watch what happens after the President signs the official sequester document. Speculators and share holders are going run the market up today and it will not surprise me if they do a massive sell shortly afterwards so they can get their capital gains up front before the mess starts. This may not happen however, it could!
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  • Bonuses stopped last year
    ben
    Bonuses ceased last year -- the year I retired in my agency. And, most of our funding was from foreign nations.
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  • Beans and rice
    contrarian
    My official furlough day family dinner. The year with no clothes or vacation. Not like we spent alot on this stuff anyway, since we haven't had a raise in 4 years I have no excess money. It's all gone.
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  • hmmm
    Joe
    I don't know about you, but I got a general pay raise on Jan. 1, 2010. Just over 3 years ago. Looking forward to that hefty 0.5% pay raise on March 31 - if it's still a go. Haven't heard anything lately on that one.
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  • hmmm
    jst
    That 0.5% was voted down by the congress my friend. Right now, it is DOA and will not happen.
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  • Beans and Rice
    Moderate
    Contrarian is right on the concept. My opinion is that pay raises will be gone for a long time. I believe, but cannot prove, that the whopping .5% raise and 1% raise will die. Same with any raise in 2015. Something was also brought up about increasing our pension contributions by 2.3% over 2 or 3 years as part of a way to avoid sequestration. I am glad I will retire soon.----Contrarian, I hope you can do better than that for fooed for your family. My GS level is not high, but better than beans and rice. I can eat regular (but not high level) and on sale fish.
    worker
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  • Food for teenager
    contrarian
    Mod: Thank goodness for Costco and Sam's Club. And sale prices. We've been tightening the budget for a while. My wife would like a fancy trip but we haven't been able to do it, and she says the family reunions don't count (althose those road trips are not cheap). Higher energy costs have hurt too. Yes we'll survive but it won't be easy and fun. The good times are gone for a while.
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  • Its not just about you...
    Mc
    ...most everyone else in this country has been doing that since 2008.
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  • A few have
    contrarian
    But many private sector jobs have bounced back, auto industry employees, wall st, and Tech are doing fine. You don't understand that Feds don't get fancy bonuses, stock options, or windfalls like private sector. We trade wealth for stability. Not you're taking that. The deal is changing. You're about ready to get a different class of Fed. I'd say the smartest ones will work here 3-5 years and bail out.
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  • No one will miss TSA
    Fisher1949
    Would anyone notice? The prospect of fewer TSA lscreeners to molest our kids and steal our stuff may be one of the best arguments in favor of implementing the sequester. If anyone is counting on a threat of less TSA to encourage repealing sequester they will be waiting for a very long time. Eliminating TSA entirely and assigning security to airport police would permanently reduce the budget by $8 billion a year, improve quality, provide more professional service and generate local jobs. It’s a win-win situation for all involved. TSA screenernjust give the rest of government workers and even worse name and make it easier to view all Federal workers negatively. Get rid of them.
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  • FAA and TSA Budgets and Manpower Larger
    ben
    Both TSA and FAA budgets and manpower are larger than they were in 2006. However, the number of commercial flights is down 27 percent and passengers down about 25 percent. There is no reason for any backlog in flights or TSA lines. If they do occur, congress should dispatch GSA auditors and threaten impeachment of agency/Department heads.
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  • GSA Auditors?
    FERS Fed
    Would that be the same outfit that didn't catch on to GSA's "conferences" shenanigans for years? And you would sic them on TSA expecting them to find something?
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  • Confusing GSA with GAO
    ben
    FERS Fed, I believe you are confusing the GAO (General Accountability Office) controlled by Congress with the GSA (General Services Administration) -- the government landlord. GSA is controlled by the Executive Branch. GSA spent millions on conferences, not GAO GAO may only proceed when directed so by Congress.
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  • And I quote from your post...
    FERS Fed
    ..."If they do occur, congress should dispatch GSA auditors and threaten impeachment of agency/Department heads."
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  • Typo error
    ben
    Yes, I made a typo error, mea culpa. I guess, the heavens will fall and the rivers run red with blood as frogs and locust decent upon us. Oh, sorry, that was Obama's line!
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  • Borrowed Money (time)
    Mc
    The real hammer coming down is not this piddling sequester, not even the continuing resolution which could very well result in a gov't shutdown for a brief period. The big problem is a downgrade in U.S. debt. Look at Spain and Greece to see the end result. Currently, the U.S. has a higher debt-to-GDP than Spain! 90 days more of this level of debt probably means a downgrade. Either raise taxes/cut spending or look out below.
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  • Get out of this mess first
    Moderate
    Let us get out of this economic mess first. Hoover did that and helped us to the Great Depression
    worker
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  • Your Fired!
    Myonlyhope
    As an employee of the IRS, we have not had a raise in now three years, and is effective for at least five. We do not make alot of money as it is and have families to feed. We are the people who are hired to collect this countries tax debts. It's not an easy job, being beat up every day by tax payers. Congress has been chosen by the people to do a job. They are not doing it and I for one fire all of you! It's time for fresh blood. Congress, you are busy making sure your wallets and purses stay full but to hell with the very people who put you where you are today. Enough is enough. Take a look at the needs of this country. Better yet, come walk in my shoes for just a day, just one day... Let's see if you make it through the day.
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  • To MY
    Moderate
    You left someones out who beat us up repeatedly. That would be higher level management who have not done audits in years, but dictate many mandatory items that are not necessary. And I believe I may walk in your shoes, but I am not sure, since you did not disclose your job.
    worker
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