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Federal Employees News Digest : Sep 23, 2013
Phil Piemonte, Managing Editor E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org What's Inside44 SEPTEMBER 23, 2013 • VOL. 63, NO. 10 Federal community mourns, seeks answers in Navy Yard shooting The White House, Naval authorities and federal employee unions all reacted in solidarity and mourning after a mass shooting Sept. 16 at the Washington Navy Yard left a total of 13 people dead and at least eight wounded. The tragic event claimed the single largest loss of life of any in the District of Columbia since the crash of an Air Florida 737 in the Potomac River in 1982, killing 78. Aaron Alexis, 34, the alleged perpe- trator subsequently died while exchang- ing gunfire with law enforcement on the scene, entered the guarded site despite a history of incidents involving anger and firearms discharges. As of press time, it was not known if Alexis had legitimate business on the site, but it was believed that his status as a Navy reservist and federal contrac- tor permitted him to enter the facility and attack its dedicated workers. The shooter's motives remained unknown. White House: 'unimaginable violence' "It's a shooting that targeted our mili- tary and civilian personnel," President Obama said in part, soon after the attack. "These are men and women who were going to work, doing their job, pro- tecting all of us." Obama continued, "They're patriots, and they know the dangers of serving abroad. But today, they faced unimagi- nable violence that they wouldn't have expected here at home." So we offer our gratitude to the Navy and local law enforcement, fed- eral authorities, and the doctors who've responded with skill and bravery," the President said. Unions mourn "[The] shooting at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters is a tragic reminder of the violent world in which we live," David Cox, Sr., national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, said. "Our hearts and prayers go out to all of the employees and families affected by the shooting and to the police, emer- gency and rescue workers who bravely responded to the scene." AFGE represents hundreds of federal employees who work at the Washington, D.C. federal worksite. Other unions and organizations also expressed shock and upset over the attack. "NTEU's thoughts go out to those injured or killed at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., as well as to their fam- ilies," the National Treasury Employees Union said in a statement. "These dedi- cated federal employees were simply serving their country and we owe them our respect and gratitude." The future is (almost) now Let's say you are either looking for a first job, or want to make a change while you are still young enough (relatively) and restless. You are looking at several potential employers. They are: A young start-up company. Everybody is gung ho, but you aren't sure where their funds come from. Or exactly how they plan to make money. But they make you a good salary offer, and you are over- whelmed by everybody's enthusiasm. You can wait until they issue stock. (P.S., I have been there, done that. It was wonderful. While it lasted.) A well-established 120-year-old firm. It has been owned by the same family for 80 years. While it was once at the top of the heap, and king of the road, it and similar companies have slipped. Their customer base is smaller. A lot of people no longer want to pay for the services which they can get replicated elsewhere. (P.S., I have been there, done that too! Many happy decades at The Washington Post during its Watergate and Pentagon papers heydays!) INSIGHT BY MIKE CAUSEY continued on page 2 For more news...see Federal Daily at www.FederalDaily.com • Unions oppose USPS plan 3 • DOD leads in hiring 5 • In Brief 6 • Informed Investor 7 • Federal Benefits Q&A 8 continued on page 3
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