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Federal Employees News Digest : June 10, 2013
June 10, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 45 5 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com balance" by addressing contracting costs rendered the advice in the letter invalid. "It seems easy to pick on the federal employee, labeling him or her as a faceless bureaucrat, because civilian personnel and the associated costs are the most readily identifiable," Cox said. "But transparency doesn't equate to what's most expensive. It is usually what you can't see that will kill you, and that is exactly what is happening with the shadow workforce of contractors, which has exploded since 9/11 and even before." To see the letter, go to: www.csbaon- line.org/2013/06/03/open-letter-to-congress- defense-reform-consensus/. For AFGE's response, see: http://afge.org/Index.cfm?Pag e=PressReleases&PressReleaseID=1495. White House calls for contractor salary cap The White House last week was slated to send Congress a proposal to cap federal contractor salaries at the president's salary level, according to an Office of Management and Budget blog post. "When the cap was raised to $693,000 for FY 2010, the president called on Congress to repeal the current statutory formula and replace it with a lower, more sensible limit that is on par with what the government pays its own executives and employees," stated the May 30 posting by Joe Jordan, OPM's administrator for federal procure- ment policy. "As a result of congressional inaction, the administration was forced to raise the cap to $763,000 for FY 2011," he wrote. "In the coming weeks, the cap will need to be raised again for FY 2012 - this time to more than $950,000 - continuing down a path of cap increases that is far outpacing the growth of inflation and the wages of most of America's working families. This wasteful expenditure of taxpayer resources must stop." The proposal asks Congress to abolish the current formula, and instead tie the reimbursement cap to the president's salary, which is currently $400,000. The cap would be applied across the board to all defense and civilian cost-reimbursement contracts. Jordan called the amount "a reasonable level of compensation." But one union leader said the cap the administration will propose is still too high. "The administration's proposal is com- pletely inadequate," American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. said in a May 31 statement. "It still requires taxpayers to reimburse contractors for exorbitant sums, while fed- eral employees are suffering pay freezes and cuts due to furloughs." The union noted that the new proposal is "far more" than the amount OMB had called for as part of its fiscal 2014 budget submission earlier this year; at that time, the administration said it would ask Congress to cap payments to contractors at the vice president's salary---currently $230,700. "In addition, agencies would be able to ignore the cap entirely if they determined they couldn't recruit and retain employees with specialized skills," the union stated. "Federal employees have had their pay frozen for three straight years, and more than 800,000 employees are being fur- loughed without pay for up to 11 days this year under sequestration," Cox said. "And the best the administration can do impose this small change that will affect less than half of all service contracts." To see more, go to: www.whitehouse.gov/ blog/2013/05/30/stopping-excessive-pay- ments-contractor-compensation. The union statement is at: http://afge.org/Index.cfm? Page=PressReleases&PressReleaseID=1494. ••• In Brief OMB: More cuts ahead The director of the Office of Management and Budget told departments and agencies to prepare for more belt-tightening when they ready their fiscal 2015 budget submis- sions. New OMB Director Sylvia Burwell on May 29 sent a memo to agency and depart- ment heads telling them that until such time as Congress and the administration work out a more sensible fiscal alternative, they should prepare fiscal 2015 budgets that reflect additional cuts. "Your 2015 budget submission to OMB should reflect a 5 percent reduction below the net discretionary total provided for your agency for 2015 in the 2014 budget," stated the memo. "Your budget submission should also include additional reductions that would bring your overall submission to a level that is 10 percent below the net dis- cretionary total provided for your agency for 2015 in the 2014 Budget. "We recognize that agencies will identify the most effective way to implement this request," the memo continued. "Your bud- get submission will provide the president with the options needed to make the hard choices necessary to adhere to the [Budget Control Act's] discretionary funding levels, invest in priority areas, and focus on pro- grams that work." The memo noted that the challenges pre- sented by the cuts "have only increased the president's resolve to work with Congress on restoring regular order and replacing sequestration with a balanced deficit reduc- tion plan of additional spending cuts and sensible entitlement reforms coupled with revenue from tax reform." See the memo at: www.white- house.gov/sites/default/files/omb/ memoranda/2013/m-13-14.pdf. Treasury halts G Fund investments The Treasury Department informed congressional leaders that as of May 31, it would temporarily suspend invest- ments in the Government Securities Investment Fund, or G Fund, of the Federal Employees Retirement System to keep the government from exceeding the federal debt ceiling. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced the move in a May 31 let- ter to House and Senate leaders. Lew had informed the lawmakers earlier last month that he planned to suspend the investments, as is permitted by law when Congress reaches a deadlock on raising the statutory debt limit. continued from page 4 continued on page 8
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