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Federal Employees News Digest : June 3, 2013
WWW.FEDERALDAILY.COM/CATALOG • 800.989.3363 How To ManageYour Federal Job Furlough Plan ahead now in case your agency decides to take action. This guide is sold as a PDF download for quick purchase and delivery, so you have instant access to the information you need. Topics include: •How furlough days are designated •What happens to an employee’s paycheck during a furlough •How furlough time affects annual and sick leave accrual •How furlough time affects CSRS and FERS retirement eligibility and annuity computation •And more! Make sure you understand all the consequences of a furlough before it happens---order How To Manage Your Federal Job Furlough today. FederalDAILY Answer Book June 3, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 44 5 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com Lawmakers OK ‘official time’ bill The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform last month approved a bill that would require that the Office of Personnel Management to submit an annual report to Congress on the amount of on-the- clock "official time" used by federal employ- ees to pursue union-related activities. Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) introduced the bill, the Official Time Reporting Act (H.R. 568), in February. "The sole job of some federal employees is to serve as a union representative," Ross said in a statement before the vote. "At a time when our country is almost $17 tril- lion in debt, we should not be spending money for federal employees to conduct union business during official work time." In response to a November 2012 request from Ross, OPM delivered a report on official time to Congress in February. According to OPM, agencies reported that bargaining unit employees in fiscal 2011 spent a total of 3.4 million hours perform- ing representational duties on official time at a total cost of $155.6 million, Ross said. See the bill at: www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/ BILLS-113hr568ih/pdf/BILLS-113hr568ih. pdf. Bill would fund more CBP officers The House Appropriations Committee approved a funding increase that would enable Customs and Border Protection to hire 1,600 new CBP officers. The increase was included in the fiscal 2014 home- land security appropriations bill the panel approved May 22. The bill includes $38.9 billion in dis- cretionary funding for the Department of Homeland Security. National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley applauded the funding increase. "This move by the House Appropriations Committee is welcome recognition of the reality that CBP staffing has been and remains inadequate for its critical homeland security mission," Kelley said in a May 23 statement. NTEU noted that the White House bud- get proposal released earlier this year had proposed---in addition to increased funding for the 1,600 extra officers---the addition of another 1,877 CBP officer positions that would be paid for by an increase in cus- toms and immigration user fees, which have remained the same since 2001, according to the union. For more on the bill, see: http://appro- priations.house.gov/news/documentsingle. aspx?DocumentID=334987. NTEU;s statement is at: www.nteu.org/PressKits/ PressRelease/PressRelease.aspx?ID=1899. Park Police furloughs ended The National Park Service announced continued from page 4 continued on page 8
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