Sequestration Media Coverage

Media Coverage

 

Updated: Sequestration Watch — Potential agency-by-agency impacts of across-the-board cuts

Updated: Sequestration Watch — Potential agency-by-agency impacts of across-the-board cuts

  • December 20, 2012

This story has been updated following a Dec. 20 Office of Management and Budget email on sequestration.

Details are scarce on how the across-the-board budget cuts set to kick in on Jan. 2, 2013, would affect jobs at specific agencies. But some indications are trickling in. We have compiled a list of possible implications, should Congress and President Obama fail to reach a deficit reduction agreement in time to avoid the sequester. Some of the predictions are based on information from agencies, others are from outside groups analyzing the situation. We will update the list as more information becomes available. Please use the comment section below to let us know if you have additional information about your agency. Continue reading “Updated: Sequestration Watch — Potential agency-by-agency impacts of across-the-board cuts”

Poll: Feds are fed up with charity campaign

Poll: Feds are fed up with charity campaign

 
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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”

GOP endorses fed pay overhaul, smaller workforce

GOP endorses fed pay overhaul, smaller workforce

A draft version of the Republican Party’s policy platform calls for restructuring federal pay and benefits and shrinking the government workforce through attrition.

The document, posted online by Politico, praises federal workers for their dedication and “the difficulty of their thankless task of implementing poorly drafted or open-ended legislation,” but said the government is too bloated and that federal pay and benefits are out of whack with the private sector. It proposes cutting the federal workforce through attrition by at least 10 percent and adjusting federal compensation to reflect private sector pay and benefits. “The federal pay system should be sufficiently flexible to acknowledge and reward those who dare to innovate, reduce overhead, optimize processes, and expedite paperwork,” the document stated. Continue reading “GOP endorses fed pay overhaul, smaller workforce”