Threat of sequestration takes a toll on employee productivity

Threat of sequestration takes a toll on employee productivity

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter confirms the Pentagon is preparing for April-though-September furloughs.

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter confirms the Pentagon is preparing for April-though-September furloughs. Defense Department

With few signs that Congress and the White House are close to a new budget deal, agency employees continue to plan reluctantly for across-the-board spending cuts, leaving vacancies unfilled and drawing up springtime furlough schedules, according to observers.

“Agencies are scrambling, and there’s nothing pretty about what they’re trying to do,” said Max Stier, president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service. “With all the uncertainty, things are frozen in place, and there are hiring freezes everywhere.” Continue reading “Threat of sequestration takes a toll on employee productivity”

Fed pay freeze vote postponed

Fed pay freeze vote postponed

“We must pass our bills and responsibly budget for our future,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said.
“We must pass our bills and responsibly budget for our future,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said. Charles Dharapak/AP

This story has been updated.

The House will not consider a bill this week that extends the pay freeze for civilian government workers, allowing some time for federal employee advocates to continue their crusade against the measure.

The chamber scheduled a vote on H.R. 273 for Wednesday, but has decided to postpone its consideration, and instead move on legislation that would withhold congressional pay if lawmakers fail to pass a budget in the next few months. “We are now voting on the No Budget No Pay bill tomorrow,” said Megan Whittemore, a spokeswoman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va. Continue reading “Fed pay freeze vote postponed”

Pay Looms Large in Budget Debate

Pay & Benefits Watch

Pay Looms Large in Budget Debate

There’s been a lot of talk about pay freezes in the last week. The debt ceiling suspension bill the House approved on Wednesday withholds lawmakers’ pay if they don’t pass a fiscal 2014 budget resolution by April 15. Legislation that would extend the pay freeze for federal employees was introduced, briefly put on the House floor schedule, and then postponed. And then there’s the looming trio of threats that could affect the pay of federal employees: a debt default, sequestration, and the possibility of a government shutdown if Congress allows the current continuing resolution to expire.

Let’s recap how federal pay could fare under each possible scenario facing government employees this winter and spring: Continue reading “Pay Looms Large in Budget Debate”

A Little Extra Under FERS

A Little Extra Under FERS

Almost half of all employees who retire under the Federal Employees Retirement System are entitled to receive the FERS Supplement. The supplement is a temporary boost to the basic retirement benefit designed to take the place of the Social Security tier of FERS when an employee retires at an age younger than 62. Those who retire under the Voluntary Early Retirement Authority option also are entitled to the FERS supplement when they reach the FERS minimum retirement age of 55 to 57, depending on their year of birth.

In 2011, a total of 37,839 employees retired under FERS. Of those, 18,490 were not eligible to receive the supplement, since they were retiring at 62 or later — or on a disability retirement or an immediate or postponed “MRA+10” retirement (a reduced benefit for employees who are old enough to retire, but don’t have the minimum service required for an unreduced benefit). The supplement is payable when you retire at the MRA with 30 years or more of service, or at age 60 with at least 20 years of service. It also is payable to employees who retire under special provisions, such as law enforcement officers and firefighters. Continue reading “A Little Extra Under FERS”

New bill would extend fed pay freeze through 2013

New bill would extend fed pay freeze through 2013

By Kellie Lunney January 16, 2013

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This story was updated with additional comment. 

A House GOP freshman has introduced legislation that would prevent federal employees from receiving an across-the-board pay raise this spring.

Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., along with 28 cosponsors, wants to extend the current pay freeze for civilian government employees through the end of the year. President Obama issued an executive order on Dec. 27, 2012 that would end the two-year salary freeze on March 27 — when the current continuing resolution expires — and give civilian federal workers a 0.5 percent raise in 2013. DeSantis’ move to block the order also applies to lawmakers, but Congress already voted to freeze its pay in 2013 in the fiscal cliff legislation signed into law earlier this month. Continue reading “New bill would extend fed pay freeze through 2013”

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