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Federal Employees News Digest : June 3, 2013
facility, ahead of schedule,” stated the May 20 letter, which was signed by 47 House lawmakers. “It is critically important the Postal Service not preempt congressional action by unilaterally moving forward with elimination of overnight delivery, allowing for major shutdowns across the country of mail processing facilities.” According to the American Postal Workers Union, the letter was initiated by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and was signed by lawmakers from districts where the facilities are slated for early closure. APWU has been urging Donahoe to stick with the earlier schedule and “honor the commitment made to communities, lawmakers and postal workers...” APWU President Cliff Guffey lauded the lawmakers’ letter. “We are pleased that these members of Congress have recognized the urgen- cy of the situation,” he said in a state- ment. “Accelerating the consolidations will unnecessarily disrupt the lives of employ- ees, harm communities, delay service, and drive away customers.” To see the letter, go to: http://apwu.org/ news/webart/2013/13-064-consoldiation- 47repsletter130520.pdf. The survey is at: https://www.uspsoig.gov/foia_files/rarc- wp-13-009.pdf. ••• In Brief Tax-delinquent feds targeted once more Legislation to prevent the federal govern- ment from employing or hiring those who are seriously tax-delinquent surfaced once more last month, this time in the Senate. Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) introduced legislation. In announcing the bill May 23, Coburn took special aim at the IRS, which is embroiled in serious problems of its own. “Instead of using the power of the state to silence and intimidate political opponents, the IRS should be focused on collecting taxes from people who are delinquent,” Coburn said in a statement. “ This bill helps fill a gap created by the IRS by prohibiting the federal govern- ment from employ- ing tax cheats. It’s wrong to force American families to fund the paychecks of federal employees who don’t feel like paying their taxes. “While most fed- eral employees are hard-working and responsible citizens who pay their taxes, others are not,” he said, citing IRS esti- mates that more than 311,000 federal employees and retir- ees owe in excess of $3.5 billion in unpaid federal taxes. In April, the House voted on the simi- lar bill under a fast-track procedure that requires a two-thirds majority for passage. That bill (H.R . 249), sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), failed to gain enough votes to pass. Chaffetz had intro- duced the bill in the prior Congress as well, but the Senate failed to take it up. To see more, go to: www.coburn. senate.gov/public/index.cfm/ pressreleases?ContentRecord_id=0b6ebcc9- 4c2e-4cd4-bc14-b3093c609ce2. Commissaries to close an extra day The Defense Commissary Agency announced last month that military com- missaries will absorb Defense Department furloughs by closing for one day a week. Most commissaries will close on Mondays up to 11 times between July 8 and Sept. 30. The additional closure of one day per week will be in addition to any days stores normally are closed. That means that the 148 commissaries that routinely close on Mondays will also close the next normal day of operation, DCA said. “We know that any disruption in com- missary operations will impact our patrons,” said DCA Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu. “Also, we understand the tremendous burden this places on our employees, who, when furloughed, will lose 20 percent of their pay.” Furlough notices are slated for delivery to DCA employees between May 28 and June 5. Jeu said the agency determined that Monday closures “would present the least pain” for employees, customers and sup- pliers. DCA operates 247 commissaries with more than 16,000 employees in 13 coun- tries and two U.S. territories. The furloughs will affect all of the agency’s 14,000 U.S. civilian employees. To see more, go to: www.defense.gov/ News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=120133. June 3, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 44 4 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com continued from page 3 continued on page 5 Labor & Employee Relations Symposium with special guest speakers from the FLRA Human Resources Symposium with expert HR professionals from federal & private sectors Pre-Retirement Planning Seminar for Federal Employees with Georgia Bohuslav, FPMI Consultant The Federal Management Institute® A Division of FPMI Solutions, Inc. New Events in June! 6/25/2013 6/26/2013 6/27/2013 Learning - when, where and how you need it 877.301.2364 www.fpmievents.com
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