Poll: Feds are fed up with charity campaign

Poll: Feds are fed up with charity campaign


Most federal employees said they don’t plan to donate money to charities this year through the Combined Federal Campaign, according to an informal Government Executive poll.

Sixty percent of 1,529 respondents indicated feds would not contribute to the government’s annual program to raise money for charities while 28 percent said they would give money and 12 percent were undecided. The poll, posted online on Aug. 30, asked respondents four questions about their past and future contributions to CFC and tallied individual votes for each query. The results are as of Sept. 10.

The poll also showed that a government pay freeze and proposals to increase the amount they contribute to their pensions are taking a toll on federal employees’ good will — at least as it relates to giving to charities through CFC. Fifty-seven percent of 1,324 respondents surveyed said concerns over changes to pay and benefits would affect their decision to contribute to the campaign in 2012. Of that total, 34 percent said threats to pay and benefits would not affect their decision to donate, while 9 percent were undecided. Continue reading “Poll: Feds are fed up with charity campaign”

Jobless Rate Declines from 8.3% to 8.1%, 96,000 Jobs Added in August


09/07/2012; Tula Connell

The unemployment rate declined from 8.3 percent in July to 8.1 percent in August, with 96,000 jobs added last month, according to data out this morning from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The improvement in the unemployment rate was due to workers dropping out of the labor force, not to an increase in employed workers, according to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).

Jobless rates for adult men stood at 7.6 percent; adult women, 7.3 percent; teenagers, 24.6 percent; white workers, 7.2 percent; African American workers, 14.1 percent; and Hispanics, 10.2 percent—all of these showed little or no change in August. Continue reading “Jobless Rate Declines from 8.3% to 8.1%, 96,000 Jobs Added in August”

Economy adds 96K jobs, unemployment rate falls to 8.1 percent

By Vicki Needham – 09/07/12 08:31 AM ET

The economy added 96,000 jobs in August, falling well short of expectations and dealing a blow to President Obama as he heads out Friday on a three-state campaign swing.

The figure is a buzz kill for Democrats after a rousing week at their party convention and shows the labor market is still struggling as the economy goes through another summer slowdown.

The unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent, according to the Bureau for Labor Statistics.  Continue reading “Economy adds 96K jobs, unemployment rate falls to 8.1 percent”

Human resource executives: Tight budgets, brain drain challenge federal workforce

Agencies ‘bracing for change,’ according to survey

September 03, 2012|By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun

With baby boomers hitting retirement age, federal agencies expect challenging years ahead in grooming the next crop of leaders, managing heavier workloads, and attracting skilled professionals to work for the government, according to a recent survey of federal executives.

Fifty-five federal executives told the Partnership for Public Service that their main challenges were declining budgets, high turnover due in part to retirements, inadequate leadership and succession planning and competency gaps in human resources and agency leadership skills. Continue reading “Human resource executives: Tight budgets, brain drain challenge federal workforce”

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