MATTHEW DALY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of federal patent workers are allowed to work from home with little supervision and face almost no discipline even if they lie about the hours they put…
Now that the final votes have been counted in the 2014 midterm elections, Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said she’s hoping that some new members will fight for the interests of government workers.
Maryland Congressman Frank Wolf and Janet Kopenhaver with Federally Employed Women join host Mike Causey to talk about what’s ahead for Congress and feds. October 29, 2014
Senior Correspondent Mike Causey talks to an outgoing congressman who has been a loyal supporter of federal employees.
The Patent and Trademark Office’s challenges demonstrate the need for the government to modernize its rules defining what it means to perform work. Experts say PTO’s challenges are part of the growing pains of telework.
Changes come in the wake of a NASA-commissioned report on the issue of foreign nationals’ access to sensitive information. The study, which has not been released to the public, found the agency had failed to establish a central management structure for those workers’ access to data and didn’t impose consequences when its policies were violated.
A staunch defender of federal employee issues will leave after 23 years in the House of Representatives.
Lawmakers in districts with large constituencies of federal employees are signaling their support for the bipartisan budget deal announced Tuesday even though it would require new federal workers to contribute a greater share of their paychecks to their retirement benefits. The alternatives — another government shutdown or a second year of the steep across-the-board sequestration cuts — would have been worse, they argue.
More than a dozen industry technology and business groups are asking the House to adopt language in the Senate’s Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill that would focus on risk when buying technology products and services from companies that have connections to China.
Lawmakers, who face a self-imposed Friday deadline to come up with a fiscal 2014 budget plan, appear to be making progress toward a limited deal that would stave off another shutdown and give agencies the certainty of funding for the remainder of the year.But lawmakers with districts surrounding Washington, D.C. are preemptively speaking out against any proposal that, in their words, would “throw federal employees under the bus.” Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), says that too often in the past federal employees’ pay and benefits have “been used as pawns in budget negotiations.”
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The two employee unions say lawmakers shouldn’t make up for sequestration cuts by forcing federal employees to contribute more to their retirement. House and Senate legislators are working on a small-scale budget deal that reportedly includes a provision to alter federal retirement benefits.
Reps. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) and Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) introduced a bill Tuesday to cancel sequestration for the Defense Department for two years. The bill would offset this change by using a chained CPI to calculate COLAs for federal retirement programs along with other entitlement reforms.
The House approved a bill to ensure furloughed federal workers receive backpay once the government shutdown ends. The vote on the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act was 407-0. Twenty-five members didn’t vote. The measure now moves to the Senate, where it is expected to pass. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) had introduced a Senate version of the bill earlier this week.
Reps. Jim Moran (D-Va.) and Frank Wolf (R-Va.) introduced the “Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act” late Monday. The bill would guarantee both employees required to work through the shutdown and those placed on unpaid leave receive backpay.