Members of the House’s Washington, D.C.-area delegation are urging lawmakers to keep a series of civil service reforms in the final version of the fiscal 2010 Defense Authorization bill.
The bill provides the long-desired FERS sick leave credit, which would allow sick leave to count as time served when calculating pensions.
The provisions in the bill are the same as those contained in a bill introduced by Rep. James Moran, D-Va.
“We’ve been working for a number of years to enact these common-sense federal employee reforms,” Moran said in a statement. “The House-passed Defense Authorization bill provides our best opportunity yet to bring needed incentives that will increase worker productivity and help recruit and retain the best and the brightest back to the federal civil service. I look forward to working with my colleagues to see that these provisions survive the House-Senate conference committee process.”
Members of the Washington delegation sent a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the House Oversight and Government Reform and House Armed Services committees, saying the benefits are important to federal employees.
All of these provisions address key issues of fundamental fairness and efficiency for federal employees within the Department of Defense.”
Co-signers to the letter are: Reps. Frank Wolf, R-Va; Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C.; Elijah Cummings, D-Md; C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md.; John Sarbanes, D-Md.; Donna Edwards, D-Md.; and Gerald Connolly, D-Va.
Other benefits included in the Defense Authorization bill are:
- Locality pay for federal employees in Alaska, Hawaii and U.S. territories.
- CSRS employees would be allowed to work part-time at the end of their careers and collect full annuities.
- FERS employees who leave government and return would receive credit for their previous federal service and be allowed to redeposit their retirement annuities.