Federal workforce dips 20 percent since May 2010 peak

Federal workforce dips 20 percent since May 2010 peak

Jun. 10, 2013 – 01:52PM   |  By STEPHEN LOSEY   |

The total federal workforce dropped by 14,000 employees in May, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said June 7, bringing the government’s staffing levels to its lowest point in more than five years.

May’s decline means federal payrolls — including U.S. Postal Service workers — have now dropped by 45,000 over the last three months. There are now 2,748,000 federal employees in the government — the lowest since February 2008, when there were 2,747,000 federal workers. The federal workforce has now fallen 20 percent since its peak in May 2010, when there were 3,415,000 employees. Continue reading “Federal workforce dips 20 percent since May 2010 peak”

Support S. 316 and H.R. 630: The Postal Service Protection Act

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Support S. 316 and H.R. 630: The Postal Service Protection Act

Over the past several years, there have been numerous measures introduced in the House and Senate to address the Postal Service’s financial condition and to facilitate a viable future for one of America’s most useful and popular institutions. Many of these bills had important components to return the Postal Service to operating as a financially sound company, while many others completely miss the mark, favoring efforts to dismantle the Postal Service rather to save it. However, S. 316 and H.R. 630, both titled “The Postal Service Protection Act,” are the only pieces of legislation that include all the key provisions necessary to return the Postal Service to financial health in both the short and long terms, while preserving its vital networks, high-quality service standards and solid middle-class jobs.

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Eliminating the future retiree health benefit pre-funding requirement.

The most immediate problem facing the Postal Service is the requirement to pre-fund future retiree health benefits. The Postal Service is the only organization, public or private, that is required by law to prefund such benefits. This unfair burden costs USPS between $5.4 billion and $5.8 billion every year. Without the pre-funding requirement, the Postal Service would have had an operational profit between 2007 and 2010. If passed, S. 316 and H.R. 630 would eliminate the USPS’s unique and unfairly burdensome pre-funding requirement. Continue reading “Support S. 316 and H.R. 630: The Postal Service Protection Act”

Congress faces continuing resolution, sequestration and postal reform

Congress faces continuing resolution, sequestration and postal reform

Monday – 9/10/2012, 6:47pm EDT; By Jolie Lee, Amanda Iacone &
Jack Moore

Lawmakers returned to Washington, D.C., this week with a packed agenda. Topping the list of priorities is hammering out final details of a stopgap spending measure to keep the government running beyond the end of the fiscal year Sept. 30.

Amid the election-year politicking, the list of unfinished business also includes legislation to restructure the financially ailing U.S. Postal Service and a cybersecurity bill that aims to safeguard the nation’s critical infrastructure.

Perhaps looming largest of all is what Congress plans to do about automatic, across-the-board cuts, known as sequestration, set to take effect Jan. 2. Failure to avert the cuts could send the country over a “fiscal cliff,” budget experts warn. Continue reading “Congress faces continuing resolution, sequestration and postal reform”