Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) introduced the Federal Employee Pension Act of 2017 to reduce the mandatory 4.4 percent pension contributions by new federal employees.
A 2018 budget proposal from the House Budget Committee asks federal employees to contribute more toward their retirement as a way to find $203 billion in mandatory spending cuts next year.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is preparing reductions in force (RIFs) to employees at three offices at the agency. An NRC spokesman said the agency is looking at alternatives to RIFs, but it sent an initial 120-day notice to the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents many NRC employees.
Some Republicans are joining about 100 House Democrats in voicing their opposition to the president’s proposed changes to federal retirement.
Democrats and Republicans voiced their concern that EPA’s 31 percent cut in funding for fiscal 2018 could do more harm than good, and leave states “holding the bag” for the federal agency.
John O’Grady, president of AFGE Council 238, which specifically represents EPA employees, says cutting the agency’s budget by one-third will impact federal, state, and local levels of public health, not to mention hurt employee morale.
Among the major items in the President’s 2018 budget request are a few other provisions that have the potential to impact federal employees and their agencies.
The President’s full 2018 budget proposal offers a 1.9 percent pay raise for civilian employees and a 2.1 percent raise to members of the military. But federal employee unions and organizations say the raise does little to undo the damage the President’s proposed cuts to federal retirement benefits will have on current employees and retirees and future government workers. The budget also details workforce reductions at some agencies.
Tony Reardon, the national president of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), explains why the term ‘bureaucrat’ needs to be replaced.
Linda Springer, a senior adviser at the Office of Management and Budget, said in part 2 of her exclusive interview about the Trump administration’s reorganization plans that the White House wants to give agencies a lot of freedom in how they execute their plans.
The Internal Revenue Service hopes to close the tax gap by using private collection agencies (PCAs) to outsource delinquent tax payments. Agency officials say it’s important to stay vigilant during the PCA program, to ensure fraudsters are not preying on taxpayers.
Last year the Internal Revenue Service showed improved telephone customer service, and close to 300 million visits to the Where’s My Refund? site. Agency leadership and advocates say those are just two examples of why the tax agency needs full funding in FY2018.
President Donald Trump wants to hire 5,000 more Border Patrol agents and 10,000 more Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. However, federal law enforcement representatives told lawmakers on Wednesday their organizations have too many managers and not enough staff-level employees.
The White House is also requesting a $3 billion boost to the Homeland Security Department, along with an additional $30 billion in defense and Overseas Contingency Operations funding for fiscal 2017. Civilian agencies would shoulder $18 billion in spending cuts. The additional funding for DHS would help the department prepare and enact the President’s executive orders on border security and immigration.
President Donald Trump offered a first look at his upcoming management agenda in the 2018 budget blueprint. The agenda will focus on eliminating agency reporting requirements on IT, acquisition, human capital and real property and letting “managers manage.” It also suggests the budget and reorganization executive order initiatives will drive future agency workforce cuts.