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Federal Employees News Digest : Feb. 11, 2013
February 11, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 28 4 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com tant that Congress act now to prevent them from being implemented," NTEU President Colleen Kelley wrote in a letter to the committee before the vote. To see more, go to: http://vanhol- len.house.gov/news/documentsingle. aspx?DocumentID=318729. Federal employment drops in January The federal government relinquished 5,000 jobs in January, according to num- bers released Feb. 1 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Eight hundred of those positions were at the U.S. Postal Service. Year over year, the federal government employed 43,000 fewer workers in January 2013 than it did in January 2012, according to BLS. Of those jobs, 18,100 were at USPS. Federal, state and local governments together lost 9,000 jobs in the month, the agency reported. The public sector as a whole---federal, state and local gov- ernment combined--- lost 74,000 jobs between January 2012 and January 2013. ••• In Brief Senate suspends debt ceiling The Senate approved a bill that suspends the current $14.3 trillion federal debt ceiling through May 18. The legislation (H.R. 325) passed without amendment on a 64-34 vote. The House cleared the bill earlier. The bill also contains a measure that requires the payroll administrator of each house of Congress to withhold payments to members if that house has not agreed by April 15 to a budget resolution for fis- cal 2014. Members' compensation instead would be held in an escrow account and not released until a budget resolution is reached. In floor remarks Jan. 31, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he was "reassured" by House Republicans' decision last week not to use the debt ceiling dead- line as a bargaining chip. "The legislation before the Senate sets an important precedent -- that the full faith and continued on page 5 Federal Employment (seasonally adjusted, in thousands) Jan. 2012 Dec. 2012 * Jan. 2013* Change from Dec. 2012 to Jan. 2013 * All Government ** 21,938 21,873 21,864 -9 All Federal 2,834.0 2,796.0 2,791.0 -5 Federal, without USPS 2,2114.9 2,193.7 2,189.3 -4.4 USPS 619.4 602.1 601.3 -0.8 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics *Preliminary **Federal, state and local WWW.FEDERALDAILY.COM/CATALOG • 800.989.3363 How To Manage Your Federal Job Furlough Plan ahead now in case your agency decides to take action. This guide is sold as a PDF download for quick purchase and delivery, so you have instant access to the information you need. Topics include: •How furlough days are designated •What happens to an employee’s paycheck during a furlough •How furlough time affects annual and sick leave accrual •How furlough time affects CSRS and FERS retirement eligibility and annuity computation •And more! Make sure you understand all the consequences of a furlough before it happens---order How To Manage Your Federal Job Furlough today. FederalDAILY Answer Book continued from page 3
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