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Federal Employees News Digest : Nov 18, 2013
duct food, product, and workplace safety inspections; prepare for flu season or moni- tor other public health issues; process tax refunds or respond to taxpayer questions; or provide numerous other services impor- tant to the general public and the econo- my," the report stated. Some of those impacts affecting the public included delays of almost $4 billion in tax refunds, and a minimum two-week delay of start of the 2014 tax filing season because of furloughs at IRS; Food and Drug Administration delays of about 500 food and feed domestic inspections; and forced cutbacks of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention flu season sur- veillance and monitoring. The National Treasury Employees Union called the shutdown "senseless." "This report on the politically-driven government shutdown outlines the broad damage done to our country, hurting everyone from business owners seeking loans to patients in need of life-saving drugs," said NTEU President Colleen Kelley. To see the report, go to: www.white- house.gov/sites/default/files/omb/reports/ impacts-and-costs-of-october-2013-federal- government-shutdown-report.pdf. Labor coalition urges end to sequester A coalition of labor and management groups representing federal and postal employees, managers and executives called on the House-Senate Budget conference to develop a "sensible and workable" fiscal 2014 budget that ends sequestration. In a letter to Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the respective chairs of the Senate and House Budget Committees, the Federal-Postal Coalition warned that the "country's economic via- bility stands to further suffer" should the sequester continue into the new fiscal year. "In only its first year, sequestration revealed the breaking point of several gov- ernment services," the letter stated. "At agen- cies such as the Department of Agriculture, the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Weather Service, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense, it became immediately clear that public safety would be compromised by the furlough of meat inspectors, air traf- fic controllers, aviation safety inspectors, storm watchers, border patrol agents, mili- tary support personnel and other employ- ees. A year later, the furlough of these same employees---and many others---is threatened by the continuation into FY14 of the next round of automatic budget cuts through sequestration." No more sacrifices The letter also called particular atten- tion to the price federal employees them- selves have paid because of the seques- ter and other belt-tightening measures, including a three-year pay freeze and an increase in retirement contributions for With our new FEP BlueDental® plan, you'll have plenty to smile about. Like fully covered preventive and diagnostic services within a national network of over 85,000 dentists and specialty care providers. FEP BlueDental® is part of the Federal Employee Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) Get Blue for your pearly whites. No Deductibles Most Services Orthodontia Coverage Easy Claims Peace of Mind Large Network Product Options Free Cleanings Open Season runs November 11 -- December 9 Call 1-855-504-BLUE or visit FEPBlueDental.FEPblue.org continued on page 8 November 18, 2013 Vol. 63, No. 18 6 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com continued from page 4
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