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Federal Employees News Digest : July 1, 2013
Security (35.8). Among mid-size agencies, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (60.1), the Federal Trade Commission (60.0), and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (57.5) had the high- est scores for performance-based awards and advancement. The lowest-ranked were the National Archives and Records Administration (38.3), Broadcasting Board of Governors (37.2) and Securities and Exchange Commission (35.4). Among the small agencies, the Surface Transportation Board (70.3), Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (61.5) and Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (59.8) had the highest ratings on the issue. The International Boundary and Water Commission (37.8), Federal Maritime Commission (34.0) and Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (31.1) were at the bot- tom. Given current budgetary constraints, the report recommended a number of possible free or low-cost measures agencies could take to address employees' poor satisfaction with rewards and advancement. Some of the recommended measures include providing greater acknowledgement for doing a good job, offering more opportunities for career development, and providing employees with greater responsibility and new experiences. See the full report at: http://ourpublic- service.org/OPS/publications/download. php?id=224. Bill would reconcile locality pay disparity House lawmakers are sponsoring leg- islation that would address a conflict in regional locality pay boundaries that has produced unequal calculation of wages for blue- and white-collar federal workers. Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) this month introduced the Locality Pay Equity Act (H.R. 2450) to address a disparity in how pay rates are computed for wage scale and General Schedule workers. The bill is cosponsored in the House by fellow Democrats Bob Brady, Chaka Fattah and Allyson Schwartz, and Republican Tom Marino, all of Pennsylvania. According to Cartwright, in his region in Pennsylvania for example, hourly employ- ees at the Tobyhanna Army Depot cur- rently are included in the Scranton, Pa., wage area---which is part of the locality pay area known as the Rest of United States (RUS) that represents all non-urban areas that include few federal employees. At the same time, General Schedule employees at Tobyhanna have been placed inside the New York City regional boundary---a dif- ference that translates into GS workers receiving a higher, 25 percent pay differ- ential. "The current system is dated and does not take into account current regional consid- erations and statistics," Cartwright said in a statement."This legislation simply directs the Office of Personnel Management to fix this archaic system and level the playing field for all employees at Tobyhanna." A statement from his office noted that even though the Federal Prevailing Rate July 1, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 48 4 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com continued from page 3 IRAs IRAs FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ORDER NOW NEW GUIDE: FEDERALDAILY.COM/CATALOG 800-989-3363 continued on page 5
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