Fiscal 2020 budget request reduces overall number of leave days for feds

The fiscal year 2020 budget request includes a proposal that would change how federal employees accrue and take paid time off, and would also reduce the overall number of leave days.

Currently, federal employees receive 10 paid holidays and up to 13 sick days annually, as well as 13 to 26 vacation days, depending on tenure.

The 2020 budget proposes to combine all forms of leave into a single “paid time off” category, similar to that of the private sector. The change would reduce the total number of leave days, but would add a short term disability insurance policy to protect employees.

“This budget proposes to transition the existing civilian leave system to a model used in the private sector to grant employees maximum flexibility…” the budget states.

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Mon, Apr 15, 2019

I worked under a combined system in the past. you are penalized for using leave, and in the end, this system of combined leave is yet another way to take away benefits from hard working employees and put it in the bonus pockets of CEOs

Mon, Apr 15, 2019

The idea of running the Government like a private business, oh how novel. Fact: Private industry is all about making a buck. Considering the number of times "private, ergo the few" businesses have tanked the economy of our Country and the Government "the public aka the many" had to bail US out, business should be required to run more like the Government and provide valuable goods and services to the public instead of profits for the stock holders/management (the few). If the plan is to reduce federal employees benefits and use the "savings" to pay a private insurance company to provide a long term disability policy then it looks like some people are enriching themselves by redirecting government resources.

Sun, Apr 14, 2019

I have worked for the government for 28 years. I was involved in hiring many individuals who were downsized in the private sector. when I tried to tell them that the benefits we have in the government make up for the pay cut most were taking they explained to me that their benefits were as good or better than the government benefits including leave. Maybe it is because of the demand in the field in question in the private sector but it is really frustrating to hear these generalized pay and benefit statements. There are many of my co-workers who have left the government because of offers made by the private sector.

Fri, Apr 12, 2019

I have almost 30 years in and have never had to use much sick leave until this year. Having a solid sick leave balance has given me peace of mind while dealing with a cancer diagnosis and treatment. I would hate to loss the ability to take the time that I need to heal and deal with treatment. Some days I can work a full day some days I can not. Having all leave lumped into one category and a short term disability does not sound like a good thing to me.

Fri, Apr 12, 2019 Just Saying

For all the Congressional Inquiries and White House Exploratory Committee members who are investigating how to recruit, retain, and stop people from retiring from the federal government, this will not help if passed.

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