The Defense Department continues to beat the “don’t change our budget” drum to get the attention of lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
The Pentagon, again, is sending a warning to Congress: Every dollar legislators add back into DoD’s budget and every program lawmakers keep alive that the military wants to end, will leave the department with an imbalance in how it meets its mission.
A sophisticated cyber attack against the Thrift Savings Plan contractor responsible for maintaining the agency’s data centers compromised the information of 123,000 TSP participants.
Of the compromised accounts, about 43,000 had personal information, such as names, Social Security numbers and bank-account numbers exposed. Another 80,000 compromised accounts had only Social Security numbers and other TSP-related information exposed.
However, there is no indication the data has been misused, according to the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. There is also no evidence the TSP’s network or its website was affected.
Federal employees were less satisfied with their pay after the two-year pay freeze went into effect in 2010.
Feds gave their pay satisfaction a score of 63 out of 100 in 2010, but that score dropped to 59.1 in 2011, according to a report by the Partnership for Public Service released Tuesday. The findings were based on the Partnership’s Best Places to Work analysis.
Higher-ranking feds — those in the GS-13 to GS-15 levels — were most satisfied with their pay, with 74.1 percent of those feds responding positively about their pay, the report said.
Francis Rose is the host of In Depth, which airs weekdays from 4-7 p.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, DC metro area and online everywhere. Francis has covered all three branches of the federal government as a broadcast journalist since 1998. He joined Federal News Radio in 2006 as the producer and news anchor of the station’s morning drive program, the Federal Drive. He launched In Depth in 2008 as a daily show focused on connecting federal executives to the information they need to do their jobs better.