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By Phil Piemonte

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Hold on tight

Well, folks, we hope you enjoy (or enjoyed) your Labor Day holiday. Because as you probably already know, there will some rough days ahead for feds after Washington kicks back into full gear.

Among the threats in the mix:

  • The move by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to jack up the contribution that Federal Employees Retirement System participants currently make to their defined benefit pension.
  • The “Gang of Six” proposal to squeeze tens of billions of dollars of savings from federal civilian retirement over 10 years.
  • The idea being bandied about in talks between Congress and the White House to cut federal retirement costs by using the highest five years of salary (rather than the current high three) to calculate annuities.
  • And if the website, just launched by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), is any indication, U.S. Postal Service workers will start feeling the pressure as Issa’s effort to reform (i.e., downsize) USPS takes on a lot of renewed vigor.

This list just scratches the surface, of course. The tighter budgets that begin kicking in with the start of the new fiscal year in October will impose a whole new set of pressures on federal workers.

So we hope everyone is relaxed and rested because fiscal 2012 is likely to make 2011 look like the good old days.

Posted by Phil Piemonte on Sep 02, 2011 at 12:13 PM

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Reader comments

Wed, Sep 21, 2011 Brown St. Petersburg, Fl

When is congress and the senate going to review and cut their retirement plan and stop giving themselves pay raises? They get a terrific deal on retirement and medical care for just four years in office.

Wed, Sep 14, 2011 jerry philadelphia

Regarding the above comment, "•The “Gang of Six” proposal to squeeze tens of billions of dollars of savings from federal civilian retirement over 10 years.", is there any thought as to how quickly this would possibly be put into effect or phased in?

Wed, Sep 7, 2011 bandit New Mexico

Please also remember us poor citizens who have no job and no ability to pay taxes to keep the govt operating and pay govt employees.

Wed, Sep 7, 2011 Ernie Washington, DC

Oh, what a bunch of crybabies. Even with pensions based on high-five and increased employee contributions, we can still do what most people in the private sector can only dream of: RETIRE...and with health benefits, and with some measure of security (even if not as much as before). We should be grateful instead of fearful. Federal jobs and careers are meaningful, well paid, and challenging. Again, not many people in the private sector can say those things!!!

Wed, Sep 7, 2011

When are we going to elect someone who is actually there for the people of the US? When I first started with the Feds (nearly 30 years ago)I was asked 'why?'. The state had better fact, almost any large private organization would pay better and provide better benefits. Now we are considered the overpaid and underworked employees. What happened? I have essentially 'paid my dues' with the lower pay and poorer benefits and an ever increasing workload for years but now these people in DC, these little dictators who know they hold all the cards, these people who have been put in office to speak for the people have to find scapegoats and Feds are the easiest targets. I am disgusted with the whole mess of them.

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