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Federal Employees News Digest : Nov. 12, 2012
Phil Piemonte, Managing Editor E-mail: email@example.com What's Inside44 November 12, 2012 • vol. 62, No. 18 Feds come to rescue after Hurricane Sandy Hurricane---and later Super Storm---Sandy took at least 100 lives and caused an estimated $50 billion in damages in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast---and those who work for the federal government have mobilized in both official and unofficial capacities to help people in the monster system's wake get their homes and lives back in working order. Since Sandy struck on Oct. 29, an all-depart- ment effort led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been joined by thousands of federal employees, organized by unions and on their own, who are distributing food, transporting people and moving emer- gency and repair equipment to put things right. For its part, FEMA moved in thousands of emergency workers to aid in the crisis, and by Nov. 4 said it had approved more than $158 million in individual assistance. The agency has done everything from making sure there was advance staging of supplies prior to the storm, to aiding in the effort to restore electrical power, to signing victims up for financial help. According to the Republican governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, and many other officials, the agency---along with the American Red Cross---is doing a good job. National Guard members from the area and faraway states, along with federal employees in their official capacities, also are assisting in helping those hurt by the storm's devastation. But feds are helping far beyond their official capacity. Unions call for feds to help feds The National Treasury Employees Union, for example, is urging feds nationwide to come to the rescue of feds hit by Sandy, especially in New Jersey and New York. "The millions of people impacted by Hurricane Sandy include tens of thousands of federal employees, includ- ing many NTEU members," NTEU said in a statement. "While those struggling with the storm's aftermath remain in the thoughts of the entire union, there is more you can do to help." NTEU also recommends that feds contrib- ute to the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (www.feea.org), a charity that specifically helps feds in crisis, but one whose reserves are "suffering from previous disasters" and need fresh contributions. The American Federation of Government Employees similarly asked members to help out---and lauded feds directly involved in the wider relief effort. "In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, I com- mend the tireless efforts of employees across the federal government who are aiding in the response and recovery efforts," AFGE President J. David Cox, Sr., said. "The Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Department of Defense and numerous other federal agencies have been called into service to provide relief to the mil- lions of Americans who have been affected by the storm." "In many cases, federal agencies and employees are among the victims of this cat- astrophic disaster," Cox continued, echoing NTEU's observation that thousands of feds suffered in the storm. "Federal offices in New York, New Jersey and surrounding areas have suffered damage from the high Hoosier choice? So the 2012 election is over---at last. And the only true winners are the TV stations, networks and adver- tising agencies who are awash in a sea of campaign money. Some of it came from the pennies of hopeful kiddies. More from foreign and domestic fat cats, movie stars, casino owners and (some claim) even from foreign governments. So was this the most important presidential election of your lifetime? Or most important ever? At a closed satellite teleconference in London, political expert Larry Sabato, a professor at the University of Virginia, was asked if the 2012 election was the most important ever. The audience was a mixed gathering that included both Americans and Brits. The Washington Post's Anne Applebaum reported that, without missing a beat, Sabato said the 2012 election was the most important since the 2008 election. For many people, whether they supported President Obama or former Gov. Mitt Romney, it was pretty important. About half of them are happy. Half not so much. But INSIGHT BY MIKE CAUSEY continued on page 2 For more news...see Federal Daily at www.FederalDaily.com • Unions refocus on Congress 3 • Group aims at military benefits 5 • In Brief 6 • Informed Investor 8 • Federal Benefits Q&A 9 continued on page 3
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