Mar. 25, 2014 – 02:49PM |
By ANDY MEDICI |
U.S. Naval Academy mascot Bill the Goat spins a prize wheel at an anti-hunger charity booth during the Department of the Navy Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) kickoff ceremony at the Pentagon. CFC gives federal workers the opportunity to donate to any of more than 4,000 pre-screened charities. This year’s CFC season runs through Dec. 15. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brett Cote/Released) (MC1 Brett Cote / Navy)
Combined Federal Campaign donations plunged 19 percent — about $49 million — from fiscal 2012 to 2013, according to numbers reported to the Office of Personnel Management by local campaigns.
The donation totals were compiled by the Workplace Giving Alliance, a collaboration of national and local federations and show federal employees and service members donated about $209 million in 2013 — down from $258.3 million in 2012.
That would be the lowest level in 15 years, when the CFC raised $206.4 million in 1998.
Sen Jon Tester added his voice to federal unions demanding a pay raise for federal employees that goes above the president’s planned 1 percent. (Mark Wilson / Getty Images)
Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., joined federal employee unions in demanding a bigger pay raise than for federal employees. President Obama plans to propose a raise of 1 percent in the administration’s upcoming budget request.
Tester said while he does not have a specific pay raise in mind, 1 percent was not enough and he would work with federal employee groups to push for a bigger raise.
He said he thinks Congress will approve some form of federal employee raise this year. Continue reading
by Katie Weatherford, 2/25/2014
This week, the House of Representatives will vote on a series of anti-regulatory proposals during a campaign targeting important public health and environmental safeguards. While House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) has dubbed the campaign #StopGovtAbuse Week, the proposed legislation is in fact designed to delay or halt the rulemaking process by adding time-consuming and redundant procedural hurdles, by providing regulated industries additional opportunities to delay the process, and by stripping away the public’s right to petition agencies when they fail to act.
We have seen many of these proposals before. However, during Cantor’s week of damaging bills, four anti-regulatory proposals introduced over the past year will be re-introduced as one piece of legislation with a new title, the Achieving Less Excess in Regulation and Requiring Transparency (ALERRT) Act (H.R. 2804). A separate vote will be taken on the Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act of 2013 (H.R. 899). Continue reading
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