Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Public-private pay gap is widening

    GovExec reports on a Bureau of Labor Statistics report that federal employees are paid an average of 24 percent less than their private sector counterparts.

  • Fed membership in unions declines slightly

    Union membership has declined across the board in 2010 despite a substantial rise in public sector union workers compared to their private sector counterparts.

  • How many people work for government?

    Learn more about how many people are working for the government, and how many aren’t from Christopher Goodman, an economist with the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Feds work a month less per year than private sector, Heritage report finds

    The report found federal employees work on average of 38.7 hours a week, compared with 41.4 hours per week in the private sector. That difference adds up to 3.8 fewer weeks per year feds work.

  • Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

    After a decade of growth, the number of federal employees has begun a slight decline. New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows 63,000 fewer feds on the government’s payroll today than there were a year ago. Federal News Radio’s Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what this means for agencies as they try to complete their missions.

  • Your incredible shrinking COLA

    Federal retirees will soon know their cost of living adjustment for January 2015. The bad news is, it might be lower than they were hoping, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

  • When size counts, bring your own ruler

    With two months to go in the COLA countdown for January 2016, it appears unlikely retirees will get any adjustment next year. The CPI-W will be announced later this month, but all indications say there won’t be a COLA in January, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

  • Federal employee accountability: 7 essential characteristics of reform

    If we start with these seven basics, we could have the potential to design a more accountable civil service that is free of political influence.

  • Labor’s BLS is shrinking its IT footprint

    Carol Mullins, the associate commissioner for the Office of Technology and Survey Processing for the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, said the bureau’s effort to reduce its servers, applications and other IT components is coming to fruition over the next year.

  • Government creating a mind of its own

    Artificial intelligence has many definitions and even more uses, and the federal government is embracing this emerging technology. In a two-day special report, Federal News Radio looks at AI, government policies to regulate it, and how agencies are using this technology.