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Federal Employees News Digest : April 15, 2013
April 15, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 37 5 Visit us on the internet at www.FederalDaily.com In an April 4 statement, the union criticized the scale of DOD spending in March, citing a published report that the Pentagon had announced contract awards last month worth tens of billions of dollars. At the same time, the union said, the department plans to furlough 700,000 DOD workers for 14 days “to save the Pentagon about $2.5 billion for the rest of the fiscal year, or about 0.8 percent of the $300 billion DOD will spend on goods and services contracts this year.” “It defies belief that Congress and the administration are unable to secure for the department the additional flexibility under sequestration necessary to squeeze less than 1 percent in savings from its contracts, in order to avoid arbitrarily cutting salaries for its own workers,” AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said in a statement. Cox also took aim at Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s announcement that DOD civilian employees would be furloughed for 14 days rather than the previously announced 22 days. “Secretary Hagel seems to believe that we should be happy with the crumbs he has thrown our way. Meanwhile, he’s invited contractors back to the table to resume their feast,” Cox said. To see more, go to: http://afge.org/ Index.cfm?Page=PressReleases&PressRele aseID=1471. oMB warns agencies on awards, incentives Agencies should not use discretionary monetary awards during sequestration unless they are legally required to do so, said new guidance contained in an April 4 memo issued by the Office of Management and Budget. Discretionary monetary awards include annual performance awards, group awards and special act cash awards. Those awards “comprise a size- able majority of awards and incentives provided by the federal government to employees,” the guidance stated. Incentives that are not considered dis- cretionary, the guidance noted, include quality step increases, travel incentives recognizing employee savings on offi- cial travel, foreign language awards for mission-critical needs, student loan repayments, time-off awards, and incentives for the “3 Rs”—recruitment, relocation and retention. At the same time, the memo states, those incentives “should be used only on a highly limited basis and in circumstances where they are necessary and critical to maintain- ing the agency’s mission.” The memo also provides agencies with guidelines for using existing legal FedCentral • Job Listings • Government Contacts • Links to Discount Sites for Feds • Chart of the Month • And more! Visit FedCentral now! http://federaldaily.com/pages/fedcentral.aspx your federal employee resource! continued on page 8 continued from page 4
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