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Federal Employees News Digest : May 6, 2013
aviation safety professionals take great pride in their work and want nothing more than to be in their towers and radar facilities, working each and every flight," the National Air Traffic Controllers Association said in a statement. "Thanks to the action taken this week in Congress, they will be able to return to work full time. We applaud the bipartisan nature of the votes and look for- ward to working closely with the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure the newly granted flexibility is exercised in a way that maintains our national airspace system's status as the safest and most efficient in the world." lawmakers balk at DoD furlough plans More than 100 House members are asking Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to review the effects that sequestration-related activities--- particularly the use of furloughs---are having on Defense Department civilian personnel. In an April 23 letter, which was written by Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking mem- ber of the House Armed Services Committee, the lawmakers take particular issue with any plan that would impose indiscriminate across- the-board furloughs. The letter, which was signed by 126 mem- bers of the House, acknowledges that the department is reviewing petitions for relief from furloughs filed by various DOD instal- lations and components, but points out that the plan to impose across-the-board furloughs remains in place. "To date we have been told only that all civilian furloughs are being applied in the same manner across the depart- ment, regardless of whether a service compo- nent or defense agency has the resources to buy back furlough days," the letter stated. "Additionally," the letter continued, "the manner in which the department is impos- ing furloughs exacts punishing reductions on components and agencies that downsized their civilian staffs in fiscal years 2009 and 2010 in compliance with prior Defense guid- ance, while appearing to reward departments and agencies which did not shed workforce. In essence, under the current furlough guid- ance, the more streamlined, efficient organi- zations are footing the bill for those that are still over strength." The American Federation of Government Employees, which said it spearheaded the effort to gather signatures for the letter, applauded the House members. "We are heartened that so many lawmak- ers are going on record with their support for the work that civilian employees do," AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said. "Furloughing any employee is bad policy on its face, but requiring blanket furloughs across the department is downright ludicrous. See the letter at: http://afgeunionblog.files. wordpress.com/2013/04/hagel-letter-on-fur- loughs-signed-23apr2013.pdf. May 6, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 40 8 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com Thrift SavingsPlanSharePrices FuNDS aPRIl 30 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 14.0925 14.0754 13.8939 16.1764 16.0131 15.5729 20.3223 19.9383 17.3844 27.7013 27.5233 23.3250 23.0002 21.8388 19.2061 16.1603 16.0525 15.4140 20.0348 19.7235 18.1219 21.1444 20.7487 18.7268 22.0716 21.6106 19.2514 12.3347 12.0439 10.6020 Federal Benefits Q&A Question: "I have been a term employee for three years and am currently a GS 0404-6 step 4. I have the opportunity for a perma- nent position at a different agency that is the same series (GS-0404-6/7) and am awaiting the official offer. Will I get credit for my previous federal service even though it was in a term position?" answer: As a term employee, you did not contribute to the FERS retirement system. In other words, there was no portion of your paycheck contributed to FERS. You will therefore receive no credit for FERS retirement purposes (either for retirement eligibility or for annuity computation) for your three years of service. Also, because this temporary service occurred after Jan. 1, 1989, you are not permit- ted to make a deposit. You will, however, receive credit for your three years of temporary service for annual leave purposes. 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 5
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