Ken Thomas

  • House appropriators stay silent on federal pay for 2021

    The latest budget proposal from the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government made no mention of a federal pay raise in 2021. In their silence, House appropriators are essentially deferring to the president’s proposed 1% pay raise for federal employees next year.

  • Pandemic or not, civil servants deserve our appreciation today and every day

    During Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW), let’s take a moment to thank civil servants and recognize the contributions they make to our way of life, every day — pandemic or not.

  • Kiss your pay raise, COLA goodbye? Again

    NARFE president Ken Thomas says last year’s White House budget proposal “breaks promises to both current and future retirees.”

  • Congress agrees to 3.1% federal pay raise in 2020 spending bill

    A 3.1% federal pay raise is a key feature of one of two “minibus” spending bills, which congressional appropriators unveiled Monday evening. Both the House and Senate are expected to quickly vote on both this week before Friday’s funding deadline.

  • Federal employees could be ‘very close’ to long-awaited paid parental leave win

    Congress and the White House have struck a deal to include 12 weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees in the upcoming defense authorization bill. But the program would only grant parental leave, not paid time off to care for a sick family member, as originally envisioned by House Democrats.

  • Not rocket science, but close

    Is the government using the wrong measuring tool to track inflation and thus producing the wrong cost of living adjustments?

  • Cummings remembered as ‘true champion’ for federal workforce

    Federal employees, members of Congress and good government governments remember the late House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman, Elijah Cummings, as a champion for the federal workforce and a staunch and vocal supporter of whistleblowers.

  • Senate appropriators silent on federal pay raise for 2020

    The latest budget proposal from the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government made no mention of a federal pay raise in 2020, setting up a debate over whether civilian employees will receive a House-passed 3.1% or the president’s recommended 2.6% increase next year.

  • Senate confirms Cabaniss as new permanent OPM director

    The Senate confirmed Dale Cabaniss to be the permanent director of the Office of Personnel Management, following nearly a year of acting leadership from the Office of Management and Budget.

  • Trump reverses course, announces federal pay raise for 2020

    In a surprising reversal, President Donald Trump has chosen to give civilian federal employees a pay raise next year.