Majority of Feds Don’t Believe Agencies Will Reward or Promote Them

Majority of Feds Don’t Believe Agencies Will Reward or Promote Them

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Less than half of federal employees believe they will be rewarded or promoted for doing a good job, according to a new analysis.

Forty-three percent, or four out of every 10 federal workers, said they thought they would receive performance-based awards or better job opportunities at their agencies, the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service and consulting firm Deloitte found. The data gauging employees’ perceptions of awards and promotions, based on the Partnership’s 2012 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, reveal that it has been the survey’s lowest-rated category since 2005. The 2012 score is 2.5 points lower than the 2011 score.

“The results are unsettling,” the report said.

The analysis was based on six questions from the Office of Personnel Management’s 2012 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. They related to employee perceptions of fairness in performance evaluations, rewards and recognition for good work, creativity and innovation, merit-based promotions and opportunities for employees to move up within an agency. Of those questions, respondents gave the highest marks to the quality of performance evaluations, with 67 percent of employees saying they believed their reviews were fair. Continue reading “Majority of Feds Don’t Believe Agencies Will Reward or Promote Them”

Sequester furloughs avoided for Customs and Border Protection

Sequester furloughs avoided for Customs and Border Protection

By Josh Hicks, Published: June 19, 2013 at 1:45 pmE-mail the writer

Congress has approved a plan to avoid furloughs for U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees during fiscal 2013, according to a Wednesday statement from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

The announcement said CBP will also continue to pay for “administratively uncontrollable overtime,” which is given to Border Patrol agents who work irregular, unscheduled extra hours to fulfill their duties.

(U.S. Department of Homeland Security)

Customs and Border Employees Might Escape Furloughs

Customs and Border Employees Might Escape Furloughs

A Customs and Border Patrol agent and a security dog keep watch at a checkpoint in Falfurrias, Texas.
A Customs and Border Patrol agent and a security dog keep watch at a checkpoint in Falfurrias, Texas. Eric Gay/AP

Customs and border personnel could become the latest group of federal workers to receive a reprieve from furloughs this fiscal year.

Customs and Border Protection, an agency within the Homeland Security Department, asked congressional appropriators for permission on Friday to transfer money within its budget to avoid furloughing employees through Sept. 30 because of sequestration. Lawmakers have 30 days to decide whether to approve the request for what’s known as reprogramming authority.

That means CBP personnel should know their furlough fate for the rest of the fiscal year by about mid-June. Other employees who have escaped unpaid leave in fiscal 2013 include workers at the Federal Aviation Administration, Justice Department and Education Department. Continue reading “Customs and Border Employees Might Escape Furloughs”

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”