Emily Kopp

  • Unions demand to know debt ceiling impact on feds

    A coalition of 21 groups representing five-million federal employees and retirees wrote a letter to OMB and Treasury asking for information about what happens to federal workers if the debt ceiling isn’t raised. NTEU is planning a rally in New York to oppose proposed cuts to federal employees pay and benefits.

  • OMB sets minimum telework security requirements

    The administration’s new memo instructs agencies to secure the information, programs and networks used by employees working outside the office, and to prevent employees from using government resources to access porn.

  • Unions rally against debt-limit retirement cuts

    The two largest federal unions are urging feds to stand up against proposed cuts to federal pay and retirement by calling Congressional leaders and rallying in New York. Last week, 21 federal unions sent a letter to Treasury and OMB demanding to know what would happen to federal employees should Congress and the White House fail to raise the debt ceiling but got no response.

  • CBP officers begin to earn greater retirement benefits

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has implemented a 2008 law that puts Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers on par with law enforcement officers when it comes to earning greater retirement benefits and qualifying for early retirement. It also requires CBP officers to retire by age 57.

  • Federal-Postal Coalition warns against pay, benefits cuts

    The Federal-Postal Coalition that represents 4.6 million government workers is urging President Barack Obama to preserve federal employees’ pay and benefits when he sends his budget-reduction plan to Congress Monday. Coalition members fear lawmakers’ drive to find funding cuts could harm federal employees.

  • Obama proposes $42.5B in cuts to employee benefits

    President Obama wants federal employees to contribute more to their retirement plans as part of a $4.4 trillion plan to reduce the deficit over the next decade. The plan also includes measures to return to the Postal Service money that it has overpaid for retiree benefits and restructure health benefits.

  • Obama seeks more public input on open gov plan

    President Barack Obama has proposed an open government plan that includes more streamlined responses to FOIA requests, digital record management, a revamped regulations.gov and new measures to promote public participation in government. He presented the plan at a meeting of the international Open Government Partnership in New York.

  • House lawmakers to square off over plans to fix USPS

    A House subcommittee will markup legislation Wednesday to address the Postal Service’s financial problems. President Obama unveiled his reform proposal earlier this week. Postal Service officials say, if enacted, it would give them the breathing room they need to make major network changes.

  • House subcommittee pushes forward GOP plan to repair USPS

    A House subcommittee markup of a bill to address the Postal Service’s financial problems broke down along partisan lines. Democrats accused Republicans of using this legislation to weaken labor provisions. Republicans said Democrats would prefer bailing out the agency rather than making it sustainable. The bill now goes to the full House Oversight and Governmental Reforms Committee.

  • Federal long-term care plan boosts enrollment by 20 percent

    Enrollment in the federal long-term-care insurance program increased by 45,000 employees during the open season that ended June 24. It indicates that the aging federal workforce values the benefit despite recent rate hikes.