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Federal Employees News Digest : Aug 5, 2013
FERS Retirement Your 2013 Your FERS Retirement - 2013 Edition Your FERS Retirement is the #1 best-selling retirement publication specific to the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). Order our latest edition for step-by-step instructions and expert advice on: • Calculating your basic annuity and adjusting for life changes • Health insurance (FEHBP) benefits during retirement • Determining your amount of creditable service • And more! Get the retirement you deserve - order Your FERS Retirement today! www.FederalDAILY.com/catalog or 800.989.3363 ORDER THE 2013 EDITION TODAY! continued on page 8 August 5, 2013 Vol. 63, No. 3 5 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com continued from page 4 “No decisions have been made at this time,” said a spokesman for the depart- ment quoted in an American Forces Press Service news bulletin published July 30 in the wake of the media reports. According to Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen, the spokesman cited in the report, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel nonetheless “recognizes the significant hardship this places on DOD civilians and their families.” As it stands, DOD plans still call for more than 640,000 civilian employees to be furloughed one day a week for 11 weeks; most employees now have taken four unpaid days, or will have by the end of this week. Furloughs began July 8. The press bulletin also reiterated the statement Hagel made to DOD civilian employees at a May 14 town hall meet- ing: “You deserve fair, honest, direct conversation about this, and I’m not going to be cute with you at all. This is where we are. We’ll continue to look at it, [and] we’ll continue to do everything we can.” In a July 30 letter to Hagel, American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. scoffed at the level of savings gained by the furloughs, and urged the DOD sec- retary to end them altogether. “ The department’s policy on fur- loughs has been an abject failure,” Cox wrote. “Pentagon officials claim $2 bil- lion in savings from furloughs, which amounts to four-tenths of 1 percent of the department’s FY13 budget. However, the impact of indiscriminate, across-the- board furloughs on civilian employees, many of whom live from paycheck-to- paycheck, has been severe.” To see more, go to: www.defense.gov/ News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=120547. See Cox’s letter at: http://afgeunionblog.files. wordpress.com/2013/07/ltr-to-sec -hagel- on-furloughs1.pdf. ••• In Brief New Coast Guard HQ opens The Department of Homeland Security on July 29 officially debuted its consoli- dated DHS headquarters campus with the opening of a new U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters building at the site. The opening of the Coast Guard facil- ity marks the completion of the first phase of the planned consolidation of 35 DHS offices on the west campus of the department’s St. Elizabeths prop- erty in Washington, D.C. The first phase included construction of the 1.2 million- square-foot Coast Guard headquarters, a 2,000-car parking garage, perimeter security, renovation of several historic buildings and infrastructure improve- ments throughout the campus.
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