Most frequently used words in survey responses to question, “What was the biggest federal story of 2011?”.
Federal employees are in the midst of a two-year pay freeze. This year, they also faced multiple threats to their pay and benefits. Most recently, in the payroll tax cut debate, the House pushed through a one-year bill that froze federal pay for one more year. (Instead, Congress passed a two-month bill that didn’t hurt federal pay, but the issue will come up again in February when this bill expires.)
And what about feds’ prediction for the coming year? Federal News Radio asked, “What do you predict will be the biggest federal story of 2012?” The answer was, generally: More of the same.
One respondent wrote that 2012 would bring “an increasingly demoralized federal workforce and a large upswing in retirements and departures.” Another agreed, writing simply, “Retirement tsunami.”