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Federal Employees News Digest : April 8, 2013
sibilities---or additional furloughs, as well as pay cuts, remain possibilities for additional White House employees." Carney said that many White House components also have "significantly scaled back equipment purchases and supply pur- chases, curtailed staff travel, [and] reduced the use of air cards." White House offices also are reviewing ongoing contracts for cost-cutting opportunities, Carney said. When pressed by reporters for details on the number of furlough notices sent out by White House offices other than OMB, Carney reiterated that furloughs and pay cuts remain possibilities for additional White House employees. "I think you would find at agency after agency, as they make these assessments and make these budget decisions on a roll- ing basis, they're having to make decisions about furlough notices and other To see more, go to: www.whitehouse.gov/ the-press-office/2013/04/01/press-brief- ing-press-secretary-jay-carney-412013. lawmakers want info on TSA uniform contract The heads of two House subcommittees have given the Transportation Security Administration until April 11 to provide them with information concerning a new contract for the purchase of millions of dollars worth of new uniforms. According to a March 28 letter to TSA Administrator John Pistole from the chair- men of the House Oversight Committee's national security and government opera- tions subcommittees, "the rationale behind the timing of TSA's uniform contract and other uncertainties surrounding the con- tract award raise concerns." Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and John Mica (R-Fla.)---the respective chairs of the national security and government opera- tions subcommittees---are questioning TSA's reasoning in awarding the uniforms contract, which has a maximum value of $50 million, only days before an anticipat- ed sequester would begin to spark possible furloughs at the agency. The two lawmakers want TSA to provide details on any consideration that was given to a delay for the acquisition in light of the possible sequester, and to furnish the actual anticipated total value of the contract. TSA also was instructed to provide the subcommittees with information on the percentage of the uniforms that are made in the United States, whether the contract has a Buy America provision, and the amount TSA has spent on uniforms since the begin- ning of 2010, among other information. To see more, go to: http://oversight.house. gov/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/2013- 03-28-Chaffetz-Mica-to-Pistole-TSA-uni- forms-due-4-11.pdf. April 8, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 36 8 Visit us on the internet at www.FederalDaily.com Thrift SavingsplanShareprices FuNDS April 2 oNe MoNTH Ago oNe YeAr Ago G Fund F Fund C Fund S Fund I Fund lifecycle Funds L Income L 2020 L 2030 L 2040 L 2050 Register free to get rates of return and other TSP info at: www.FederalDaily.com/pages/resources/thrift-savings-plan.aspx 14.0765 14.0582 13.8739 16.0213 16.0146 15.4151 19.9532 19.2629 17.6244 27.1190 26.3066 23.7036 21.8702 21.4765 19.7854 16.0494 15.9363 15.4413 19.7072 19.3874 18.2816 20.7214 20.3063 18.9407 21.5723 21.0814 19.5097 12.0199 11.7157 10.7699 Federal Benefits Q&A Question: "I start a new position at a different federal agency soon. Should I resign at my current agency or is there a way I can transfer between the two agencies?" Answer: At the time you are hired by the new federal agency and have a start date, you should inform your current agency (notify your supervisor) that you have been hired at another federal agency and when you will be starting the new position. In so doing, your current personnel or human resources office will transfer your personnel file to your new personnel or human resources office with no break in your salary or benefits. In other words, you do not have to formally resign from your current agency. Readers are encouraged to ask questions related to general employee benefits---such as CSRS, FERS, the Thrift Savings Plan, tax and estate planning, insurance, Social Security and Medicare---at the "Federal Benefits Q&A" at www.FederalSoup.com. continued from page 6
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