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House Panel Approves Federal Pension Increase

Written by FEDmanager on . Posted in From the Hill

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved a pension hike for federal employees last week in a 19-15 vote, and the legislation now heads to the house Budget Committee for consideration.

Under the legislation, current federal employees would be required to pay 5 percent more toward their retirement over the next five years beginning in 2013. The increase would be adopted incrementally, with federal workers paying 1.5 percent more in 2013; 0.5 percent extra in 2014; and an additional 1 percent more annually in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Employees hired after 2012 would have to start contributing the extra 5 percent immediately.

Currently, federal workers under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) contribute 0.8 percent of their salaries to their pensions, while federal employees enrolled in the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) contribute 7 percent. The bill would result in FERS employees contributing 5.8 percent of their salaries to their pensions, plus contributions to Social Security and their Thrift Savings Plan accounts, and CSRS employees contributing 12 percent by 2017.

Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said the pension increase was created to help reduce the deficit. The budget resolution passed by the House asked the committee to create $79 billion in savings over the next ten years.

“Let’s make it perfectly clear,” he said, “reductions in federal pensions are not intended to reflect in any way on the hardworking men and women in the federal workforce.”

Several unions have expressed their criticisms of the legislation, which they characterize as another attack on federal employees’ pay and benefits.

“I can assure you that if Congress continues to cut federal employees’ pay and benefits, this country will be unable to attract or retain talented people in the federal government,” said National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley in a letter to committee members.

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Senators Explore Oversight of Small Agencies, Drafting New IG Bill

Senators last week discussed oversight of small agencies, commissions, and boards with a hearing before the Senate’s Financial and Contracting Oversight subcommittee.

Challenges of small agency oversight was discussed at the hearing, as were potential legislative actions to improve the oversight of such organizations.  

Chairwoman of the subcommittee, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said at the hearing that there are at least 40 small agencies with over $1 billion in budgetary authority with “virtually no oversight.”

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MSPB Grants Veteran’s Request for Corrective Action after DoD Rejected Job Application

A GS-12 Defense Contract Management Agency (“DCMA”) employee applied for a GS-13 position. The vacancy announcement, issued by DCMA, listed the DCMA and Department of Defense (“DoD”) employees that could apply for the position, and specified that applicants “MUST submit documents verifying your eligibility with your application package. These documents may include, but are not limited to: for current employment verification, a non-award [Standard Form (SF)]-50 or DD3434…” The DCMA employee’s application contained a resume, an SF-52, education transcripts, and a Form DD 214, but was rejected due to the employee’s failure to include an SF-50. An MSPB administrative judge found that the agency improperly rejected the employee’s application, because the SF-52 he included contained the same employment verification documentation. However, the administrative judge ultimately denied the employee’s request for corrective action because of a finding that the agency did not accept applications from individuals outside its own workforce under merit promotion procedures, and therefore had not violated statute by denying the employee, who was a veteran under 5 U.S.C. § 3304(f)(1), the opportunity to compete. On April 1, 2014, the MSPB reversed the initial decision in part, and granted the employee’s request for corrective action.

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Tell Us: Why Do You Heart Public Service

GEICO’s Good Stuff is a column series highlighting great stuff happening in the federal community.

The Public Employees Roundtable (PER) is collecting testimonials from government employees and members of the public in support of an I “Heart” Public Service whiteboard photo campaign. Images will be posted on the PER on Facebook and Instagram pages.

The group behind Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW), which takes place this year from May 4-10, launched the whiteboard campaign in support of this year’s theme: Proud to Serve.

Government employees and members of the public are invited to fill out their own whiteboard and share why they love public service and tag their photos with #PSRW and #Proud2ServeUSA.

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