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  • The Usual Mantra...
    marine69
    that's about all it really is...all of the points brought out by the article have been thrown around for a few years or more...so, what's not to expect? Pay more into retirement is a joke since the CSRS employees have always paid more into it than FERS, so now FERS employees will save more...high 5 instead of high 3...with no COLA increases, what does that matter? It's all divided by the number of years you're computing it with anyway! Pay more for healthcare premiums should be expected...duh...cost of medical care goes up and up every year! Had a colleague who suddenly retired recently because of the projected 'furloughgeddon' coming in FY 2014...what an idiot...do the math, regardless of how many days you're 'furloughed', would you really want less?
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  • Trouble for feds
    Moderate
    With medical he means pay a higher percentage of the medical instead of just dollar amount. CSRS pays more because we get more. We get better benefits because we get paid less for our skills. Uncle, by these actions, will get less and less of the higher qualified people.
    worker
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  • Fed Employee Benefits Reduction - Real or imaginary?
    Honest Broker
    They have been talking about changes to Federal employee benefits for many years, so I was skeptical up until last year. The Ryan Act that changed all benefits raced through Congress in less than 1 week. It did not get past the Senate, but it did lead to the bill that changed new employee benefits. With the politicians promising to reduce spending and they refuse to cut back on contracting or military benefits, the Federal employees look like they will get stuck with the brunt end of the budget cuts stick. Unless Federal employees find a way to counter the politicians, they will be the prime target for 2014 and beyond cuts. My crystal ball says the cuts will be real and painful.
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  • Furloughs
    GetOffYour Butts
    Congress is very fast to cut spending when it effects OTHER PEOPLE, but not themselves directly. All the salaries of the members of the House and Senate should be reduced by 10% before they cut 'other people'.
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  • Less is More?
    contrarian
    WHile some imply go ahead and take it while others say fight. The reality is that the current bunch in DC cares for FedEmps about the same as they care for Detroit. All these crises are politician made, with no accountability on their part. Spend until we're broke then blame the other side. How many centuries can they get away with the scam? Why should govts have to live within a budget? Why can we rebuild Iraq but not America? Why can we pay Paletinians but not public employees? Why are some DC jobs GS-15 when they could move it to Omaha and someone would do same job for GS-9? It's all about the pyramid.
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  • Leave out the politics
    Moderate
    Otherwise, you will get it back. For example, George and the Republicans gave us the depression. Obama is trying to stimulate the economy into a recovery instead of doing what Hoover did and aggravated the economy into a great depression.-----Otherwise you made some good points about giving money to others while sticking it to feds. I am not sure about the converting a grade 15 position into a grade 9 position. Grades are based on an evaluation of the position. Of course, the pay might be different.
    worker
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  • Congress is the one wasting money, they should pay it back
    marxwj
    Congress creates a demand for something. They authorize large purchases. They create agencies and committees and departments. They will not let any of it go. All they need to do to in order to cut spending is to decide what they don't really need to get done. All sequestration does is to make sure than everything takes longer to get done. Every office backs up expenses for next year and then the year after. It is little different than borrowing money, but the interest rate is considerably higher. You want some real savings, end a weapons program, close some bases, get rid of some department or agency that was formed back around the time of the Civil war that doesn't actually need to exist anymore. The VA was created at a time when there were few hospitals or clinics anywhere in this country. It pays doctors that don't show up until noon for a full day of work. It loses more records than if finds. It is almost universally hated by those that use it. We have plenty of hospital and clinics around the country. Expand Medicare to include Veterans and get rid of the duplicate function. No more paying doctors for nothing. No more clinics down the street from other under-utilized clinics, down the street form under utilized hospitals. We have one of the best health care systems in the world and we force our soldiers to keep using something that has been rarely updated since it was formed. We can do better for our veterans and save money at the same time.
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  • High 3 or high 5
    marxwj
    If my office is anything to go by, it doesn't matter. My office has people over 70 years old with 35 to 40 years in the government. They have been capped out at step 10 for at least 10 years. They have been talking about retirement for years. They have passed on a retirement that would have given them COLAs to stay working without them, but with furloughs. Some are talking about waiting until January when their full amount of sick leave will count toward time in service again, but I don't really believe them. We have already seen over the last decade that federal workers don't retire simply because they can. They don't retire when it would maximize their benefits. If that were true, 20% of them would already be gone, including the vast majority of VA Headquarters and the senior executive service. Sadly, it is the younger, more ambitious people that are the most eager to actually leave. With government contractors being sheltered by Congress, many are jumping ship for the cutthroat world of the government contractor.
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