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Federal Employees News Digest : Nov 18, 2013
November 18, 2013 Vol. 63, No. 18 8 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com newly hired employees. "We are unwaveringly opposed to fur- ther sacrifices from federal employees to undo the congressionally-created cri- sis of sequestration," the coalition stated. "Cutting federal employee pay through increased retirement contributions must not be a topic for further discussion to resolve these crises. The federal commu- nity has given its fair share already." The letter was signed by 31 employee organizations, including the American Federation of Government Employees, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, American Postal Workers Union, Federal Managers Association, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, National Association of Government Employees, National Association of Letter Carriers, National Rural Letter Carriers' Association, National Treasury Employees Union, and Senior Executives Association. Senators want DHS to explain overtime misuse Two Senate lawmakers have asked the Department of Homeland Security to explain why it allowed its employees to continue to abuse the department's admin- istratively uncontrollable overtime (AUO) pay system years after investigators revealed its misuse. A recent Office of Special Counsel report chronicled substantial and chronic misuse of AUO, a type of overtime meant to com- pensate workers who must remain on duty beyond normal business hours under specific conditions, such as when law enforcement officers are responding to criminal activity. The OSC report comes five years after an earlier 2008 investigation also revealed the overtime abuse at the department. Sens. John Tester (D-Mont.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who are chair and ranking member respectively of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Oversight Federal Workforce Subcommittee, sent a letter to acting Homeland Security Secretary Rand Beers asking for details on any measures DHS is implementing to elim- inate and prevent further abuse. Specifically, the senators demanded infor- mation on how the department is respond- ing to the recent investigative report, what disciplinary actions it is taking, and what additional cases of payroll fraud may have been discovered. "While we appreciate DHS taking steps to investigate and eliminate this problem, the report is clear that abuse is systemic across the Department," the letter stated. "We are confident that you will provide us with the detailed information needed so we can ensure abuse does not continue." To see more, go to: www.tester.sen- ate.gov/?p=press_release&id=3114, and www.osc.gov/FY2014/14-1%20DI-13- 0002/14-1%20DI-13-0002%20-%20 Letter%20to%20the%20President.pdf. Protect your eyes with FEP BlueVision® for routine eye exams with no copay at network providers. See big savings on optional lens treatments and get Transitions® at no extra cost in-network under High Option. FEP BlueVision® is a part of the Federal Employee Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) Vision coverage from Blue has clear advantages. Open Season runs November 11 - December 9 Call 1-888-550-BLUE or visit FEPBlueVision.FEPblue.org Free Eye Exams Free Frames Contact Lens Allowance Free Regular Lenses Peace of Mind Large Network Lens Coating Copay continued on page 13 continued from page 6
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