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Federal Employees News Digest : Nov 4, 2013
November 4, 2013 Vol. 63, No. 16 3 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com cent increase in retirement contributions. The document notes that Civil Service Retirement System employees would also see a huge spike---from 7 percent of pay now to 12.5 percent if the plan were implemented. AFGE also criticized the idea of using the so-called "chained CPI" (Consumer Price Index) in the formula used to calculate Social Security and VA benefits cost-of- living increases. The union says that if that plan went into effect, the average 65-year- old Social Security recipient would lose $658 per year by the 10th year of receiving benefits. Those benefits also make up a significant part of retirement funds for the vast majority of feds. Other proposals that would cut Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program would also hit feds and their families. "These programs are being vilified as the root of our country's economic troubles, which couldn't be further from the truth," the AFGE document says, instead recom- mending, as other unions do, "raising taxes on the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans" and closing tax loopholes to corporations. ‘Sense of the House’ bill Friends of federal employees in the House who look askance at Ryan's plan to hike federal contributions to retirement by 5.5 percent---as well as President Obama's proposal to raise those contributions by a lower 1.2 percent---have proposed a "sense of the House" bill rejecting such ideas. Anticipating more trouble ahead as short-term budget agreements hit their deadlines in the weeks and months ahead, these lawmakers have signed on to a res- olution that calls for protecting federal employees from any hikes in retirement contributions or cuts in benefits. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) introduced the resolution (Res. 388), and a growing number of members are joining her effort. "Congress should recognize that efforts to reduce the compensation and support provided for federal employees undermine our government's ability to meet its obliga- continued from page 1 Don’t miss our discussion of weekly news topics. Discuss these stories and more with your fellow federal workers at www.FederalSoup.com. tions to its citizens and hurt federal agen- cies' ability to recruit and retain a high- quality workforce," the resolution says. Asked about Res. 388, NFFE's Erwin emphasized the resolution's thrust---the need to resist any further damage to federal compensation and morale. "In the past few years, federal employ- ees have been dragged through the mud," Erwin told FEND. "More than anything, we want Congress to leave federal employees alone. Their livelihoods should not be used as a political piñata every time Congress begins budget discussions." The National Treasury Employees Union has also spoken up in favor of the resolu- tion's aims. "As was made clear during the recent shutdown, federal employees do impor- tant work on which many Americans rely," NTEU President Colleen M. Kelley said in a statement on Res. 388. “The 16-day shutdown was, hopefully, the final act in the disparaging of federal employees. This resolution can restore some of the pride in service that federal employees hold." Lawmaker wants to open FEHB to all The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has introduced legislation that would allow all Americans to enroll in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. "The Equal Healthcare Access Act [H.R. 3319] offers Americans access to the same health insurance plans long enjoyed by members of Congress and their families," said the sponsor, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). "This is a free-market approach to healthcare with government playing the very limited role of helping small businesses and indi- viduals come together to get a better price for healthcare---much like larger businesses can already negotiate on their own." "The American people should have as easy a consumer experience as federal employees do," he said. Issa, who invited citizens to visit the Office of Personnel Management website to examine the plans, touted the benefits of the federal insurance program, including its nationwide coverage, nearly universal acceptance by physicians, variety and num- ber of plans, and cost advantages. The National Treasury Employees Union came out immediately against the legisla- tion. "Federal employees and retirees should not be put in the position of subsidizing non-employee health care costs," NTEU President Colleen Kelley said in a state- ment. "It is no more appropriate to open the FEHBP in this manner than it would be to open other employer-sponsored health insurance plans to non-employees. "No one is asking General Motors, the State of California CalPERS Program or any other large employer-sponsored health insurance plan to be open to non-employ- ees." she said. Reps. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) and William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) cosponsored the bill. See more on the bill at: http://oversight. house.gov/release/issa-introduces-equal- healthcare-access-act/. DOL calls on states to recoup benefits The Department of Labor has issued guidance requiring states to get back the unemployment compensation they paid to furloughed federal employees during the government shutdown. In an Oct. 24 advisory letter to state workforce agencies, DOL noted that it in fact had issued an earlier letter on Oct. 11 notifying state agencies that that fed- continued on page 4
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