By Jolie Lee Federal News Radio Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) introduced a bill this week that would require two weeks of furlough in 2011 for federal civilian employees. The furloughs would save taxpayers $5.5 billion,…
This week, Mike discusses what a lame duck Congress will mean for feds with Bill Bransford, partner, Shaw, Bransford & Roth. Topics include congressional pay cuts, furloughs for feds, and a 2011 pay freeze. September 29, 2010
When it returns for a post-election session, a grumpy, angry Congress may take up a proposal to furlough federal workers for up to two weeks next year. But Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wonders, is there another solution? Like maybe working holidays!
A partial shift in power on the Hill means committee chairmanships will change in the House but not in the Senate. A variety of issues from the federal budget to telework, and federal pay and regulatory policies will be re-examined.
Many signs point to the likelihood that Congress is going to tighten the federal government’s belt starting, of course, with your belt. So how is it going to play out, and will federal workers play? Mike Causey thinks you may have the answers.
The shattered lame duck session of the 111th Congress has limped back in town with lots of homework to complete in a short time. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it includes the federal pay raise (if any), job security issues, $250 payments for retirees and a new TSP perk.
In addition to cuts in federal pay and furloughs for government workers the commission also wants to roll back defense spending. Carl Conetta, Co-Director of the Project on Defense Alternatives, says we’re on the right track with defense cuts.
Congress is working to make decisions on three huge issues that affect federal employees: the proposed pay freeze, workforce reductions, and agency funding. The Hill’s Ian Swanson runs it down for us.
The $1.1 trillion Senate omnibus bill would authorize President Obama’s pay freeze proposal. But it protects against furloughs or reductions-in-force. The Senate’s bill would replace the House’s version, which is a continuing resolution. Lawmakers must approve a bill before Dec. 19 when the current CR expires.
Some of the budget cutting ideas like pay cuts and freezes, furloughs and cutbacks are ”just crazy” according to a federal employee union official.