Preliminary figures suggest next year’s benefit increase will be roughly 1.5 percent, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. The increase will be small because consumer prices, as measured by the government, haven’t gone up much in the past year.
The success of the U.S. private sector is connected to a healthy U.S. public sector, and we are letting our public sector deteriorate, says David Bray, CIO of the FCC.
Federal employees who are “excepted” from furloughs have remained on the job despite the government shutdown, which is now stretching into its third week. OPM updated its shutdown guidance Friday to include instructions on how to handle “brief or intermittent unpaid absences” by excepted federal employees. Overall, OPM has made more than a dozen changes to its shutdown guidance since congressional appropriations for fiscal 2014 lapsed two weeks ago.
When a Washington based web solution firm received an email from a furloughed fed looking for temporary work, the firm immediately jumped on the idea to create a website with job postings for freelance work. From idea to execution, unfurlough.us was launched in just five hours.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke by phone Sunday but failed to agree on a deal to raise the nation’s borrowing authority above the $16.7 trillion debt limit or reopen a government still shuttered on its 14th day.
Evan Lesser, founder and director of Clearance Jobs.com, will discuss the impact of the government shutdown on contractors and employees with security clearances. October 11, 2013
A new staff report from the Senate Commerce Committee highlights some of the ways in which the government shutdown is throwing sand in the gears of the private economy. But the authors also point to several ways in which federal furloughs are jeopardizing public safety.
With the shutdown of the federal government heading into its third week, Federal News Radio has prepared this snapshot of how federal agencies, programs, employees and contractors are faring.
Millions of federal retirees will have to wait to find out the size of next year’s cost-of-living adjustment. The Labor Department says it won’t report inflation statistics on time this month, which will delay the Social Security Administration’s COLA calculation.
For every day that the government shutdown drags on, federal managers face a potentially growing morale crisis in the federal-employee ranks. For federal managers, returning from the shutdown, however, will offer them the opportunity to refocus on the “federal brand,” the set of ideals and sense of mission that the federal government is uniquely suited to offer.
Opening some agencies while keeping others shut down is an unsustainable exercise, says Jeff Neal, former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security.
Nearly all of the Defense Department’s civilians are now working, despite the government shutdown. Many members of Congress believe none of those civilians should have been furloughed to begin with. DoD remains unsure how to address contractors under the Pay Our Military Act.
For furloughed feds who have lost track of time, today is Friday. That’s official. And Monday is Columbus Day, one of the the first government holidays to hit during a shutdown, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. So what happens to people who don’t work, and what about those who must work? Do people get paid? And if so, how much and when?
Tammy Flanagan, Karen Schaeffer, and Bob Leins discuss what furloughed federal workers should be doing to protect their financial assets. October 14, 2013