Paying the Price: Feds Increasingly Unhappy With Salaries

Paying the Price: Feds Increasingly Unhappy With Salaries



Despite an unprecedented three-year pay freeze, a majority of federal employees are still at least somewhat satisfied with their pay. That percentage of employees who feel that way, however, is plummeting.

In 2010 — the last year feds received an across-the-board raise — 66 percent of federal workers provided a positive response when asked, “Considering everything, how satisfied are you with your pay?” according to the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. In the 2013 report, which the Office of Personnel Management released last week, just 54 percent of respondents said the same.

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Trust in Government Nears Record Low, But Most Federal Agencies Are Viewed Favorably

October 18, 2013

Pew ResearchTrust in Government Nears Record Low, But Most Federal Agencies Are Viewed Favorably

62% Have Positive View of Federal Workers

Public trust in the government, already quite low, has edged even lower in a survey conducted just before the Oct. 16 agreement to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.

Trust in Government Again Near All-Time LowJust 19% say that they trust the government in Washington to do what is right just about always or most of the time, down seven points since January. The current measure matches the level reached in August 2011, following the last battle over the debt ceiling. Explore a Pew Research interactive on Public Trust in Government: 1958-2013. Continue reading “Trust in Government Nears Record Low, But Most Federal Agencies Are Viewed Favorably”

U.S. Budget Deficit Falls Under $1 Trillion; Lowest Since 2008

by Bill Chappell

October 30, 2013 6:52 PM

The U.S. government ran a deficit of $680 billion in the financial year that ended last month — the first time since 2008 that the annual shortfall has been under $1 trillion. It represents a fall from $1.09 trillion in 2012, but as the AP reports, “It’s still the fifth-largest deficit of all time.”

The Treasury Department announced the news along with the White House budget office Wednesday.

“Under President Obama, the nation’s deficit has fallen for the past four years,” Treasury Secretary Lew said. “It is now less than half of what it was when the president took office.” Continue reading “U.S. Budget Deficit Falls Under $1 Trillion; Lowest Since 2008”

Government shutdown: What’s the cost?

Government shutdown: What’s the cost?

Shutting down the government could cost the federal government well over $2 billion dollars if it resembles the last shutdowns in 1995-1996, though the economy would be harmed in additional ways that are nearly impossible to measure.

The Office of Management and Budget estimated that two government shutdowns in 1995 and 1996, totaling 27 days, cost the federal government $1.4 billion. That’s over $2 billion in today’s dollars on costs like back pay to furloughed federal workers and uncollected fines and taxes. That number doesn’t begin to account for intangible losses in worker morale and productivity, and confidence in the federal government.

Doug Holtz-Eakin, the former director of the Congressional Budget Office, said a short-term shutdown will have a fairly small economic impact. The federal government spends roughly $3 billion a day in discretionary spending, so a disruption like the ones in 1995 and 1996 could wind up being roughly equivalent to the cost of keeping the government running for a day. Continue reading “Government shutdown: What’s the cost?”

Stop the Government Lockout!

IMPORTANT: This information should not be downloaded using government equipment, read during duty time, or sent to others using government equipment, because it suggests action to be taken in support of and/or against legislation. Do not list your government email or government address in filling out this message, and do not use a government provided phone for this action.

Stop the Shutdown! Stop the Sequester!The House of Representatives has shut down the federal government. There is one action we need every AFGE member to take right now: Call your Representative.

Call your Representatives at 1-888-775-3148. We’d tell you to call the Senate, but they’re not the problem. We’d tell you to call the White House, but they are not the problem. Both the White House and Senate want to pass a clean spending bill to fund the government. The House of Representatives is the problem.

The House needs to feel the whiplash of their actions, TODAY. We need to put pressure on them like never before. Call them right now at 1-888-775-3148 and demand that they pass a clean spending bill, and stop holding federal employees hostage.

These calls are going to be the most effective way to get your lawmakers’ attention. Keep their phones ringing off the hook. Pick a time when your friends and family are free, and take turns making the calls. Pick a set time to call your lawmakers every day, and keep calling until the Government Lockout has ended. A call takes five minutes. Your job is worth five minutes a day.

Together, we make a difference. So pick up your phone and start calling 1-888-775-3148. And don’t stop calling until the Government Lockout has ended.


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