Annual Federal Charity Drive Launches With Tempered Expectations

Annual Federal Charity Drive Launches With Tempered Expectations

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The Combined Federal Campaign — the 52nd annual federal employee charity drive — kicked into gear this week, hoping to reverse the recent trend of decreasing donations and participation. But the fundraiser comes during an ongoing pay freeze and the mandatory furloughs of hundreds of thousands of workers.

Elaine Kaplan, acting director of the Office of Personnel Management — which administers the CFC — sent a memorandum to human resources representatives across government, spelling out tips to encourage employees and managers to play their part in making the 2013 campaign a success. Kaplan suggested playing up the ability to spread out donations over the entire year, the ease of giving online and the message CFC sends to Americans about the benevolence of federal employees. Managers should encourage their employees to not just donate but volunteer on the operational side of the campaign, she said. Continue reading “Annual Federal Charity Drive Launches With Tempered Expectations”

Sequestration Furloughs Won’t Begin Before April

Sequestration Furloughs Won’t Begin Before April

 U.S. Controller Danny Werfel; Education Secretary Arne Duncan; HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan; DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano; and Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter prepare to testify before a Senate committee on Thursday.
U.S. Controller Danny Werfel; Education Secretary Arne Duncan; HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan; DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano; and Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter prepare to testify before a Senate committee on Thursday. Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Federal agencies will not furlough employees until April, should automatic budget cuts set to go into effect March 1 take place, an Obama administration official said Thursday.

Office of Management and Budget Controller Danny Werfel told the Senate Appropriations Committee that union negotiations would start on March 1, if sequestration hasn’t been averted, and federal employees would not receive furlough notices until mid-March. Continue reading “Sequestration Furloughs Won’t Begin Before April”

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”