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By Phil Piemonte

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Worried about the bills?

No, not those; we mean the legislative kind. The ones that target the federal workforce.

And there are plenty of them. In fact, there are so many bills in Congress that put federal employees in the cross hairs, that you probably are hard pressed to keep track of them.

You may or may not be surprised to learn that there are about two dozen such bills in various stages of the legislative process in the House and the Senate at this very moment.

Each bill targets one or more of the things that define your life as a fed—your pay, your pension, the size of the federal workforce, and more.

That’s why we’re glad that the National Treasury Employees Union put together a list of all or most of this legislation for its annual legislative conference this week in Washington, D.C.

While the list is a snapshot—these days such bills seem to sprout overnight like mushrooms—it provides a pretty good picture of the size and scope of the current legislative effort to squeeze cost savings out of the federal workforce.

Here’s the list the union compiled:

Federal pay

H.R. 270 — would impose a mandatory two-week unpaid furlough for federal employees

H.R. 3835 — would extend the pay freeze for another year.

H.R. 3844 — would prohibit step increases.

H.R. 235 — proposes cuts to the federal workforce and a three-year pay freeze.

S. 2079 — would extend the pay freeze for another year.

S. 2065 — would extend the freeze through June 30, 2014.

S. 1476 — would extend the freeze through 2014.

S. 178 and H.R. 408 — would extend the freeze through 2015.

S. 1936 — would extend the pay freeze from its present two years to five years.

Pensions

S. 644 — would eliminate the defined benefit portion of the Federal Employees Retirement System annuity.

H.R. 3813 — would sharply increase pension contributions, eliminate the FERS supplement and raise pension contributions for new hires.

Workforce cuts

H.R. 2114 — would cut the federal workforce by 10 percent by 2015, while providing a significant loophole for contracting out the work to the private sector.

S. 2065 — would reduce the size of government by 5 percent through attrition.

H.R. 657 — calls for cuts in the federal workforce. All agencies, other than Defense, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security—which account for 60 percent of the workforce—would be able to hire only one employee for every two who leave federal service.

H.R. 3029, H.R. 3487 and S. 1476 — would reduce the size of the federal government through attrition by permitting the hiring of only one employee for every three who left government service.

H. R. 1779 — would prohibit the head of any executive branch agency from hiring in any year in which OMB projects a federal budget deficit.

S. 1611 — would allow the replacement of three employees who leave federal service by one new employee.

H.R. 3494 — would reduce the size of the federal workforce to no more than that of Oct. 7, 2007.

H.R. 3662 — would allow the hiring of one employee for every three who leave federal service.

S. 178 — would, among many other actions, limit the size of the federal workforce and extend the pay freeze through 2015.

Other issues

S. 261 — would cut workers’ compensation payments for older federal employees.

H.R. 87 and S. 712 — would repeal financial regulatory reform (the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act) supported by NTEU.

The list, which NTEU posted on its website, also provides the status of each piece of legislation as of this week—but from day to day, the Library of Congress’s THOMAS database probably is the best source of what’s going on with an individual bill.

As if you didn’t have enough to worry about already.


 

Posted by Phil Piemonte on Feb 29, 2012 at 4:02 PM