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Federal Employees News Digest : Oct 21, 2013
October 21, 2013 Vol. 63, No. 14 5 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com continued on page 9 2014 Federal Employees Almanac Your one-stop resource on federal benefits — completely revised with the latest 2014 rules, regulations, and procedures! Reserve NOW for Best Savings www.FederalDaily.com/catalog • 800.989.3363 Shipping February 2014 2014AlmanacFederalEmployees2014AlmanacFederalEmployees2014AlmanacFederalEmployees continued from page 4 responded to an emailed survey. The union said more than 84 percent of those respondents said they were fur- loughed, including 71 percent who said they also have had to serve unpaid furlough days because of sequestration. Among those respondents: • 84 percent said they have cut back on necessities. • 72 percent said they are getting fur- ther into debt. • 70 percent said they are having dif- ficulty making ends meet. • 57 percent said they have contacted their creditors to let them know they are furloughed. • 48 percent said they are delaying medical treatment to save money. The union said that “tens of thou- sands” of its members had been fur- loughed because of the shutdown and that thousands of others were working without pay as “excepted” employees. NTEU said of those members it sur- veyed, 67 percent said they would not recommend working for the govern- ment. The union cited one IRS employ- ee who had started a job search: “My job requires me, as a federal employee, to pay all my bills, or termination can happen. Therefore, I have no choice but to look for a job in private industry to leave my federal government job so that I can support my family.” The union also quoted one Customs and Border Protection officer, who complained of working without pay while lawmakers “play politics with our families’ well-being.” “Whatever their job, the goal of every federal employee I know is to serve the public,” she said. “Not being able to do it through no fault of their own is sad for our country and extremely frustrat- ing for those who chose public service as a career.” To see more, go to: www.nteu.org/ PressKits/PressRelease/PressRelease. aspx?ID=1927. ••• In Brief OPM furlough guidance updated Office of Personnel Management has updated the furlough guidance the agency issued at the beginning of the government shutdown to address ques- tions that have emerged over the past several weeks. OPM has re-posted a newer version of the guidance, updated Oct. 11, on its website. The agency also has posted a list of changes to the first document, many of which address questions that
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