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Federal Employees News Digest : Nov 18, 2013
continued from page 1 President Colleen Kelley echoed OPM's concerns that the strains would diminish the government's ability to hire and keep talented workers. "These are dismal numbers and anyone concerned with the ability of our govern- ment to recruit and retain the thoughtful, innovative and dedicated people we need to take on challenges now and in the future should be alarmed," Kelley said in a press statement. "Congress cannot continue to attack federal employees and starve agencies of resources and expect to keep the people theyhave." All satisfaction factors drop The effects of the ongoing turmoil in the federal workplace were readily apparent in the survey results. The government- wide "global satisfaction" index---a measure that combines employees' willingness to recom- mend their organizations as a good place to work with their satisfaction with their job, pay and organization---declined from 63 percent positive responses in 2012 to 59 percent positive in 2013. The index stood at 67 in the 2010 survey, and has fallen each year since. Positive responses declined as well in each of the items that make up the global satisfac- tion index. Government-wide, job satisfac- tion dropped from 68 percent positive to 65 percent positive, and organization satisfac- tion dropped from 59 percent to 56 percent. Recommending the organization as a good place to work declined from 67 percent to 63 percent, and pay satisfaction---which reg- istered the greatest decline---slid from 59 percent to 54 percent. In terms of the year's top global satis- faction "scores" (the percentage of positive responses), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration led the way as the top-performing agency in global satisfac- tion, with a score of 74. Filling up the top five, in order, were the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (72), Federal Communications Commission (71), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (70), and State Department and Office of Personnel Management (both 69). NASA also was the top performer in the job satisfaction category, with a score of 73, followed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (71) and the State Department (69). Five other agencies---the Commerce Department, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Trade Commission, Office of Personnel Management and Railroad Retirement Board---followed, each with a score of 68 for job satisfaction. At the other end of the scale, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the National Archives and Records Administration were tied for lowest glob- al satisfaction score, each with a score of 49. Others at the bottom included the Department of Homeland Security (51), Broadcasting Board of Governors (54), and the Department of Agriculture and Department of Labor, (both 57). The 2013 FEVS was administered via the Internet over six weeks in two "waves" that began in April. The survey focused on permanent full-time and part-time non- seasonal employees at agencies that comprise 97 percent of the executive workforce, OPM said. According to OPM, the response rate was 48.2 percent, with a margin of error for all responses of plus or minus 1 percent. To see the survey results, go to: www.fed- view.opm.gov/. Furloughs cost $2.5 billion, OMB says Taken together, the furloughs of federal employees during the government shut- down totaled 6.6 million days, accord- ing to a new report from the Office of Management and Budget. OMB said the total was greater than dur- ing any previous federal shutdown. "Although the October 2013 shutdown was shorter than the 21-day shutdown that took place in December 1995--January 1996, the total number of employee fur- lough days was larger, even if one adjusts for growth in the size of the federal work- force," the report stated. OMB estimates that the total cost of pay for furloughed federal employees during the shutdown at about $2 billion. Including benefits, OMB estimates total compensa- tion costs for the period at about $2.5 bil- lion. In addition to financial losses associated with personnel and shutdown implemen- tation, OMB noted that many fees went uncollected, including losses of $7 million reported by the National Park Service and $4 million by the Smithsonian. And the IRS was unable to collect its typical $1 billion per week. The federal government also will owe interest on billions of dollars in payments that could not be made during the shut- down, OMB said. Other costs related to the federal contrac- tor workforce have yet to be totaled, the report said. "The shutdown resulted in over 10,000 stop work orders for contracts and numer- ous temporary layoffs among the federal contractor community," the report noted. "Federal acquisition regulations allow con- tractors to request equitable adjustments for certain cost impacts associated with having to put operations on hold (e.g., costs of maintaining idle facilities, unabsorbed overhead). There could be thousands of requests from contractors seeking to be reimbursed for costs incurred as a result of these suspensions." The report also details the effects the shutdown had on the country. "Employees not on the job could not con- November 18, 2013 Vol. 63, No. 18 4 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com continued on page 6 Agency Score NASA 74 Nuclear Regulatory Commission 72 Federal Communications Commission 71 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 70 State Department 69 Office of Personnel Management 69 Commerce Department 68 Federal Trade Commission 68 Railroad Retirement Board 68 Justice Department 66 Global Satisfaction (By HCAAF Index)
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