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By Phil Piemonte

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Well, some of the recommendations contained in the president’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform report are coming home to roost.

Texas congressman Kevin Brady (R), this week introduced a bill that, among many other things, would freeze civilian employee pay for three years and trim the federal workforce by 10 percent over the next decade.

The bill also revives the “tax delinquent feds” issue that emerges every so often. “While millions of Americans continue to send back portions of their hard earned wages to Washington, many federal employees are failing to contribute their share,” says a backgrounder on the bill released by Brady. “This amendment simply requires the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to collect any unpaid taxes from federal employees …”

Brady claims H.R. 235, which bends over backward to arrive at the acronym CUTS (Cut Unsustainable and Top-Heavy Spending), would reduce federal spending by an estimated $153 billion.

Of course the bill does not just target feds. The legislation would make cuts all across the federal government, and proposes eliminating or reducing funding for slew of government programs.

But take heart. Lots of bills are introduced and only a small proportion are passed. Those that do survive (especially those with lots of provisions) often undergo major tinkering along the way.

A word of advice, though: Get used to it.

Posted by Phil Piemonte on Jan 12, 2011 at 4:02 PM


Reader comments

Fri, Jan 21, 2011 AnotherFed MO

Entitlement spending is FAR AND AWAY MORE than Fed's pay, and the largest part of Gov't Budget... the cuts/adjustments need to start there, then spend less money aiding foreign countries. If the USA is in trouble, then we should help the USA FIRST! I Agree Congress also needs to take pay cuts, and freeze their own pay if e"Everyone needs to help". Take the pork out, but don't look to the SMALLEST PART of the Budget to CUT!

Fri, Jan 14, 2011

Most career federal employees can be fired for not paying federal taxes from what I remember from the employee conduct manual. I think when I looked at this last year, alot of the abusers were in federal commissions, the legislature and the executive branch appointees. Another large segment was in DOD, which is understandable if the people were deployed and they should be excused. From what I remember, the current Treasury Secretary had tax issues which came out in hearings. So basically the problems exist at the upper level, and they should be fired. It proves that they cannot manage money. Also contracting positions were created so that they can be easily chopped. Let the chopping start there since that is where the growth has been for 30 years. Eliminate the federally funded commisions also. Pare back to what the congress designated as part of the executive branch. Make real cuts to both the legislative and judicial branch too. Stop all new building and "modernizing". The Feds in the executive branch have been taking these cuts non-stop since the 1980's. Stop cutting core functions and cut the fluff. No more block grants, no more loans, no more investments. Scale back the missions. Stop trying to throw money at every problem. There are too many problems to fix.

Fri, Jan 14, 2011 FlyBoy Any Air Base Needed

Stop whining or at least put the cork back in the bottle when you are finished. This bill is nothing more than grandstanding for votes back home. His district more than likely does not have a large amount of civil service workers. His peers that do will shut the majority of this nonesense down and the bill will be put on the pile in the corner to be reintroduced next election cycle.

Fri, Jan 14, 2011 What A Kick In The Butt Orlando, FL

I am a 30 year government employee raising two grandchildren and my pay barely put's food on the table. There are some night when there is no dinner, and now you are talking about freezing our pay, well that's a real kick in the butt. I am all for balancing the budget, but don't balance on the struggling families who are serving our country. Where is the congress and senate in all this, why are their pay not frozen, why are they getting their pay raise. Think of all the money you can save with their fat cat raises. There is something wrong with this picture. I think the president should have a “Town Hall” meeting with the federal employees (GS 5 to GS 9) so we can tell him in person, what his decision has done to us. Keep your campaign promise, don’t balance the budget on the backs of the hard working people of America who barely can make ends meet. If we are going to sacrifice well then let’s all of us sacrifice including congress and the senate!

Thu, Jan 13, 2011 Robert Haslam Germany

I think we should cut the deficit and the balance the budget, but also thing Congress and every political figure should also pay their fare share. I have been working for the fed for almost 40 years now and I could write a book on mismanagement of funds I have personally seen. For instance overseas housing allowances (LQA) that are given to the top paid employees and not those who need it to survive in some of the expensive countries us feds are assigned to. If one of our fine soldiers and families want quarters to live in they are assigned according to the needs of the family, size, how many bedrooms etc. But when I see a GS 12 or above rent a 9 room house as a single person and get away with it this is fraud and abuse. Housing allowances for a civilian is based on rank and that is it. Crap!! You want cuts, cut what needs to be cut and get rid of this attitude of “across the board” that hurts everyone, employee, government etc. Congress has no right telling employees that are willing to go to area that might be dangerous for them and their families to give something back. We have already given over and over again in more way then some politicians can even imagine.

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