Author Andy Medici

You are looking at the calendar and see that Christmas falls on a Thursday, and were wondering why you even need to come to work that Friday. In all likelihood no one is going to be there. Well, there are tens of thousands of feds who are already asking that question via a petition on the White House’s “We the People” website. The petition asking President Obama to use his executive authority to give feds Dec. 26th off has hit more than 87,000 signatures, but the petition needs 100,000 signatures to get a response from the administration. So if you…

Hello everyone. What follows below is a letter to the editor discussing federal firefighter pay and retirement. Under the current system, federal firefighters work 53 hours a week to earn the same as other federal workers in the grade scale system. In addition, firefighters work an additional 38 hours of overtime a pay period, which does not count toward retirement and with only a fraction more pay. The letter below spells out the reader’s concerns in full, and feel free to add your thoughts, opinions or comments below. Dear Federal Times, I am a retired federal firefighter, and have been…

(Thank you to the Partnership for Public Service for providing the bios and the information.) The recipients of the thirteenth annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals are: William Bauman and Ann Spungen, Science and Environment Medal, Director and Associate Director, National Center of Excellence for the Medical Consequences of Spinal Cord Injury, James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Department of Veterans Affairs, New York City Individuals living with spinal cord injuries suffer from associated medical problems involving blood pressure, breathing, bladder control, heart disease, temperature regulation and non-healing ulcers—health issues that were long overlooked by the medical profession.…

Phased retirement has been a long time coming, and now that the Office of Personnel Management has announced that it will begin accepting applications from agencies Nov. 6, people have a lot of questions. Some of you have been frustrated by a lack of information from you agencies. We put together a few Q and As based off your questions, and have added links to relevant stories so you can have everything in one place. For any additional questions about phased retirement, feel free to add them in the comments. Phased retirement Q and A No. 1 Phased retirement Q…

We are all very busy people constantly strapped for time in an increasingly complex world. And all too often stuff falls through the cracks. But lucky for you I made a list of some of our stories from last week that you might want to read, just in case you didn’t get a chance to. 1. Years of budget cuts have pushed federal hiring to its lowest levels in almost 10 years, with nearly every agency seeing drastic drops in new employees. Which careers and agencies have seen the  biggest drops? Check out the story to see. http://www.federaltimes.com/interactive/article/20140724/MGMT03/307240012/Help-not-wanted-Budget-cuts-push-federal-hiring-10-year-low 2. After…

Hello everyone! I just wanted to share with you the TSP returns for June, with their year to date and their 12 month views as well. As you can see, things are in the black again, but some funds are growing much faster than others. G Fund F Fund C Fund S Fund I Fund Month 0.19% 0.14% 2.07% 4.45% 0.99% YTD 1.17% 4.37% 7.18% 6.21% 5.06% 12 Month 2.30% 5.00% 24.71% 26.95% 23.97% L Income L 2020 L 2030 L 2040 L 2050 Month 0.58% 1.19% 1.52% 1.77% 1.96% YTD 2.46% 4.14% 4.91% 5.43% 5.89% 12 Month 6.74% 13.99%…

The General Services Administration is celebrating its 65th birthday by highlighting how much government work has changed over the decades. Ori Hoffer, social media strategist at GSA, said in a blog post that employees used to use manual typewriters and process contract bids by hand, but now use a wide array of technology to help shorten and simplify the process. The agency also has evolved from testing natural gas as a vehicle fuel to using electric and hybrid cars in its rental fleet. “While the people and the technology have changed, and the mission statement may be a bit different,…

Across the Internet today people will be posting their thoughts and remembrances of a day 70 years ago when the United States and her allies invaded France and helped lead to the end of World War II. Among the other articles and galleries you read, you should take a look a the picture gallery  built by our sister publications at Military Times. http://www.militarytimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Avis=M6&Dato=20140604&Kategori=NEWS&Lopenr=306040065&Ref=PH

Federal employees have taken a lot of heat over the last few years. They are called overpaid and underworked. The fight over their pay and benefits has been well documented. Politicians have called for closing entire agencies, while others push bills to end the civil service . We did this list a few years ago, but I thought it was long due for an upgrade. So here are some now very famous people who at one point would have been considered federal employees. 7. Wanda Sykes This one is from reader Drew Fletcher, who pointed out that before she became…

I wanted to spend a moment today to tip my hat to the Government Attic. It’s essentially a resource for information obtained under the Freedom of Information Act that is put up for anyone to look through. It’s been a fantastic source of stories for me and for others I know who follow the site. You might remember this story about Burning Man. It was made possible with the documents stored on the Government Attic site. The intended audience is the public, journalists, researchers and others.  It is entirely self-funded and does not accept any money from anywhere or any…

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