Federal employee groups laud Obama victory, seek to end pay freeze

Federal employee groups laud Obama victory, seek to end pay freeze

President Obama’s reelection was hailed by major federal employee groups as a vindication of the view of government as a force for good, urging lame-duck lawmakers as they confront the fiscal cliff to acknowledge the contributions government workers have already made to deficit reduction.

“Leading our nation through one of the most difficult times in our history, President Obama plied a steady hand at the wheel and kept us on track,” said William Dougan, president of the National Federation of Federal Employees, which represents 110,000 federal employees in 40 agencies. “Within government, he has taken innovative approaches to improving workforce morale, efficiency, and productivity” while involving employees in decision making. Continue reading “Federal employee groups laud Obama victory, seek to end pay freeze”

Romney Regrets Unions Prevent Deep Cuts in Federal Workforce

By Peter Nicholas and Victoria McGrane, AP

September 18, 2012, 6:08 PM

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David McNew)


Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney suggested he would reduce the federal government workforce if he wins the election and voiced regret that union protections would prevent him from cutting more deeply, in remarks at a secretly taped fundraising event.

The video of Mr. Romney’s private question-and-answer session with donors in May includes an exchange with a man who urged him to “clean house” if he is elected. The questioner described Attorney General Eric Holder as “probably the most corrupt” AG in U.S. history and advised Mr. Romney to target two regulatory agencies, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Continue reading “Romney Regrets Unions Prevent Deep Cuts in Federal Workforce”