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Federal Employees News Digest : Sep 23, 2013
September 23, 2013 Vol. 63, No. 10 5 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com 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 6 continued from page 3 Union’s National President Colleen M. Kelly told FEND. “We will work in concert with other federal employee organizations until action is taken on postal reform by Congress, and beyond that point, if necessary.” “Nothing moves a member of Congress more than a direct contact from one of his or her constituents,” Kelly told FEND. “In particular, our members can and will emphasize the potential impact of higher health care premiums on them and their families at a time when their pay has been frozen for three years.” On Sept. 6, the groups sent a joint letter to the committee considering S. 1486, protesting the bill and the pro- visions that would permit pulling all USPS employees from FEHBP. AFGE’s Moten cut to the chase— identifying two key reasons for union opposition to the bill: It represents a direct threat to federal employee jobs, but also more generally to union rights. “AFGE also opposes the bill because of its draconian cuts to the USPS work- force, and the threats to postal employ- ees’ benefits and collective bargaining process,” Moten told FEND. “ We’re opposing these provisions and trying to get them stripped from the bill before committee markup.” Military branches, VA lead the way in new hires The Department of Veterans Affairs and the military service branches were responsible for more than half of all new hires into the federal workforce in 2012, according to numbers analyzed by the Partnership for Public Service. VA was responsible for almost one in four—24.4 percent—of the 89,689 new federal employees hired government- wide in 2012, according to a fact sheet released by the group. Of those nearly 90,000 employees, 13.8 percent were hired by the Army, 13.2 percent by the Navy and 8.4 percent by the Air Force. The Department of Homeland Security was the next largest hiring organization, with 6.8 percent of the total. Rounding out the top 10 hir- ing agencies were the departments of Justice (5.9 percent), Defense (5.4 per- cent), Health and Human Services (4.2 percent), Commerce (2.7 percent) and Agriculture (2.2 percent). In all, 86.8 percent of all new employ- ees were hired into those top 10 orga- nizations, PPS said. More than three- quarters of all new hires (77.7 percent) were hired by defense and security-
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