NARFE urges panel not to target feds again

The president of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association urged the House Budget Committee to keep its hands off federal employee pay and benefits in its March 16 markup of its fiscal 2017 budget resolution.

An initial budget outline released by the committee did not yet include measures targeting federal pay and benefits, although most observers expected such language to be incorporated in the resolution during markup.

“Over the past several years, federal employees endured three years of pay freezes, followed by modest pay raises that did not keep pace with private-sector wage increases,” NARFE President Richard G. Thissen wrote in letter last week to lawmakers. “Employees were subjected to furloughs as casualties of budget sequestration and suffered financial uncertainty as a result of the government’s 16-day shutdown. New hires were tapped twice for increased retirement contributions (without any added benefit).”

“Taken together, these reductions in the pay and benefits of federal employees reduced the deficit by more than $120 billion,” he said.

Thissen instead encouraged the committee to draw up a budget that “reflects the value of our nation’s public servants” by providing agencies with sufficient funding and resisting the impulse to cut compensation and benefits. 

Reader comments

Mon, Mar 21, 2016 Bob C. Pittsburgh, Pa.

Its really time for the CPI-E index to be used in COLA>

Fri, Mar 18, 2016

How about Retiree's the Cola's that are received are peanuts compared to the cost of living, yes something is better than nothing however all federal employees have suffered long enough including Retirees

Thu, Mar 17, 2016 Jakew Bucks county PA

Meanwhile congress encouraged that DoD components spend more money on performance based logistics at enormous costs. This did help the private sector but only took more money from the tax payers.

Thu, Mar 17, 2016 FAA WJHTC

Amen to Mr. Thissen and NARFE!!

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