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Federal Employees News Digest : Feb. 25, 2013
ing savings, rising health care costs and escalating tuition for their children, and it's time these workers received a much- deserved raise. Enough is enough." But DeSantis cheered the bill's passage. "When American families are tight- ening their belts in order to make ends meet, the federal government must do the same," said DeSantis. "Federal employees are on average compensated 16 percent more than their private-sector counter- parts. In fact, during the so-called 'pay freeze' federal employee pay has gone up by $3,328 while private sector pay has gone up only $1,404." To see more, go to: http://desantis. house.gov/media-center/press-releases/ rep-desantis-federal-pay-freeze-bill-pass- es-house (DeSantis); www.nffe.org/ht/ display/ReleaseDetails/i/63282/pid/177 (Dougan); http://afge.org/Index.cfm?Pa ge=PressReleases&PressReleaseID=1441 (Cox); or www.narfe.org/pressroom/arti- cles.cfm?ID=3223 (Beaudoin). ••• In Brief Military says sequester impact to be severe Top military leaders this month gave grim forecasts of what their respec- tive service branches would look like if sequestration's across-the-board spend- ing cuts begin March 1. They offered the details in Feb. 12 testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee---and urged lawmakers to step in to prevent the cuts from kicking in. "I began my career in a hollow Army," Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told the panel, according to the American Services Press Service. "I do not want to end my career in a hollow Army." Odierno noted that the Budget Control Act's mandatory sequester requires $170 billion in Army spending cuts over the next decade, even as the service faces other budget shortfalls because of fund- ing levels contained in the current con- tinuing resolution. He then laid out a grim scenario of the expected conse- quences, as well as actions the Army has taken so far. "We are terminating an estimated 3,100 temporary and term employees and have directed an immediate Army- wide hiring freeze," he told the senators. "We have initiated planning to furlough up to 251,000 civilians for one day a week for 22 weeks, in full recognition of the risks of decreased productivity, morale, and the loss of 20 percent of their pay while furloughed. "In addition to the hardship this poses to our dedicated workforce, this furlough will have an immediate trickle-down effect as the majority of these civilians are located throughout the U.S. on our posts and stations, and their spending directly impacts local economies and contributes towards state and local taxes," he said. Odierno said the Army also is making plans to cancel third- and fourth-quarter February 25, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 30 5 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com One Website... Breaking News Policy Reference Legal Updates Job Listings Forums Career Blogs Retirement Strategy Pay & Bene ts Guidance Financial Planning ...Hundreds of Resources www.FederalDaily.com Check in daily to: • Read headlines and top stories, including breaking policy news • Find job opportunities and federal resources inside FedCentral • Join the conversation with 50,000+ feds in the Federal Soup forums • Shop for federal benefts and retirement guides in the FedStore continued on page 8 continued from page 4
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