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Hits on federal retirement advance as bill is introduced to fire feds for ‘no cause at all’

House Republicans greeted current and future federal employees with two controversial body blows in recent days — one amounts to a pay cut and the other would allow new feds to be fired for “no cause at all.” The House Budget Committee approved a spending plan that would save the government $163.5 billion over 10 […]

GOP again hits federal retirement in latest budget plan

The House budget proposal released Tuesday continues Republican efforts to cut federal employees’ compensation by making them pay more for retirement benefits. Saying they seek “reforms to civil service pensions to put them on a better fiscal path,” the spending plan released by the House Budget Committee calls on staffers “to make greater contributions to […]

Report calls for new civil service system with more power to agencies

In the boiling debate over the federal civil service system, a congressionally chartered think tank offers this stark assessment: “The federal civil service system is broken. This breakdown undermines the federal government’s ability...Show More Summary

Q&A for federal workers: Proposed retirement cuts

Question: Should I retire before the retirement benefit cuts that President Trump proposed can happen? Answer: First, remember that these are only proposals. Two would affect both future and current retirees, meaning your retirement date would not matter. One would reduce inflation adjustments for Civil Service Retirement System retirees; the other would end them for […]

Job Corps program hit on student safety problems, despite successes

Job Corps is the nation’s largest residential training and employment program, but some of the 50,000 young people it serves annually are looking for something even more fundamental than a good gig. Safety. “Our students regularly tell us stories about how they enrolled in Job Corps to escape gangs, an unstable home life or an […]

Staff shortages, solitary confinement increase risks for federal prisoners and public

Once again, Uncle Sam has demonstrated that skimping on his workforce is a good way to cheat his consumers. In this case, the unwilling consumers are a group who generate little sympathy and exercise even less power — prisoners. A new report from the Justice Department’s internal watchdog shows how understaffed mental health services for […]

DOJ watchdog report criticizes solitary confinement for the mentally ill in federal prisons

Mentally ill federal prisoners are placed in solitary confinement for long periods, suffer from a lack of treatment resources and experience conditions that can worsen their ailments, according to a Justice Department watchdog report. Show More Summary

Why this GOP House member is bucking his party to oppose Trump’s retirement cuts for feds

You can’t always tell a book by its cover or a politician’s position by the party. Rep. Rob Bishop is a Utah Republican known as a solid right-winger. Like many Republicans, he generally doesn’t get good grades on federal workforce issues. His most recent ratings on congressional voting scorecards were 20 percent from the National […]

Trump administration wants to boost value of federal employee buyouts

The carrot half of the carrot-and-stick formula for cutting federal jobs would be sweetened under a proposal the Trump administration has sent to Congress, seeking to increase the maximum value of buyout payments from $25,000 to $40,000 government-wide. Show More Summary

Q&A for federal workers: New TSP investment, withdrawal options

Q: When is the TSP going to give us more investment choices? A: The Thrift Savings Plan, the 401(k)-style program for federal employees, offers five funds that reflect stock and bond markets. One of those, tracking international stocks, will be broadened in 2019 to include emerging markets and Canada. The TSP also offers “lifecycle” funds […]

VA fires more than 500 feds under Trump, even before new accountability law

The agency that has been the main target of efforts to fire feds faster dismissed more than 500 employees this year — even before a new accountability law took effect. Since the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) shamed itself in 2014 with a scandal over the coverup of long patient wait times, Capitol Hill politicians […]

Federal employee civil service protections outdated? The experts speak.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act is a game-changer for the federal workforce and a reason to worry about the future of due process for federal employees. At the legislation’s recent White House signing ceremony, President Trump put the government’s workforce in general on notice when he said “outdated laws kept the […]

Many veterans would suffer under Republican health-care plan

As Republicans strive mightily — and perversely — for a health-care system that would increase the uninsured by 22 million people, they should ponder the impact on a particularly deserving group — veterans. It’s not unexpected that heartless GOP plans would be hard on the vulnerable, but do they realize that includes many who continue […]

Powerful chairman of federal workforce committee leaves Congress on Friday

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will leave a legacy when he quits Congress at 10 a.m. Friday, but we might not have his mug to remind us. If incoming Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) does as Chaffetz did, portraits of past chairmen will not decorate the committee’s hearing […]

Q & A for federal workers: Early outs and buyouts

Question: I see that buyouts and early-out offers are happening again. How do I sign up? Answer: Only the Environmental Protection Agency has said it intends to offer those incentives, assuming it gets approval. But some other agencies — the Interior Department, for one — may follow. Early-out offers allow federal employees to retire sooner […]

Greater savings options for feds draw praise, while move to cut their retirement looms

For federal employees accustomed to elected leaders focused on firing feds faster and bashing their benefits, here’s a little something to cheer. Bipartisan legislation in the House and Senate would update the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), a 401(k)-type program for federal employees, by allowing them greater flexibility in withdrawing their funds. This might not sound […]

Democrats hit feds’ long-term care issues and Trump’s planned retirement cuts

In November, fuming members of Congress demanded to know how the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) would stabilize a long-term care program that shocked participants with price hikes of as much as 126 percent. Seven months later, they are still waiting for answers – but not patiently. It was at a House government operations subcommittee […]

New VA law sets stage for government-wide cut in civil-service protections

Veterans have been on the vanguard protecting the nation — waging war and securing the peace. Now those who assist them are on the forefront, serving as guinea pigs testing major changes in civil-service procedures that protect federal employees and taxpayers. Coupled with earlier revisions in the Defense Department layoff process, the new legislation portends […]

Law makes VA treat some family caregivers better than others

The last time Dennis Joyner walked, he was on patrol in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta on June 26, 1969. That’s when he tripped a 105-pound booby trap bomb. He lost both legs above the knees and his left arm below the elbow. “I have been confined to a one arm drive wheelchair for 48 years,” said […]

Special Counsel Lerner leaves office as Trump rejects highly praised whistleblower advocate

The defining moment for the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) after Carolyn Lerner became head of the agency was a gruesome one about body parts and a dismembered Marine. It’s not the usual fare for the office on M Street NW that deals with Hatch Act violations and prohibited personnel practices. But protecting whistleblowers is […]

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