Have an employee of the month program at your office? Well now the Trump administration has plans to establish a reward-for-performance system in the government.
Guest columnist Tom Trabucco reflects on his 46-year federal career and the cast of characters he met along the way, as well as how he views the current set of civil service reform proposals.
Politicians who want to reduce the cost of the federal retirement and labor-management programs say they are doing it for the most noble reasons.
The amount of money the White House is proposing to cut from federal workers’ take-home pay and the future inflation protection benefits for retirees closely mirrors the balance of the F, I and S funds in the Thrift Savings Plan as of Dec 31.
Longer probation, shorter appeal deadlines, arbitrary pay for performance, they’ve already hit some federal employees and might be headed your say.
The Trump administration’s plan to totally eliminate inflation protection for federal retirement, while requiring workers to pay more for smaller lifetime retirement benefits, is the ultimate deal-breaker for most people.
If you live and work in Washington long enough, you start running taking people’s — especially politicians’, lawyers’ and talking heads’ — statements, actions and facts through your own filter.
Some politicians think the at-will hiring system is so good and works so well they want to extend it to federal civil servants in the executive branch.
Recent proposals to change the existing federal retirement system are just the beginning of coming recommendations from the Office of Personnel Management.
Comprehensive civil service reform is too tall an order just for OPM and its director.