Busy week for issues affecting feds

It’s going to be a busy week in Washington for issues that affect federal employees. That’s not good news for them.


Anything related to the scandals at the General Services Administration and the Secret Service — and those stories aren’t close to over yet — is likely to be bad news.

At the same time, Congress will return to more routine matters such as postal reform and budget measures that could have serious, and not particularly pleasant, consequences for the federal workforce.

The Senate is scheduled consider legislation designed to help the Postal Service deal with serious financial difficulties that threaten the service it provides.

The measure “will help make the Postal Service leaner, nimbler and more cost efficient, while still maintaining the service Americans have come to expect,” the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.), said last week.

Federal unions, representing workers in the Postal Service and many other agencies, oppose a section of the bill that would cut workers’ compensation for some federal employees across the government.

In the House, the Oversight and Government Reform Committee is expected to consider legislation that could cost workers about $80 billion in budget savings, with retirement programs a likely target.

Look for continuing coverage in the Federal Eye, the Federal Diary and on the Federal Worker page of The Washington Post.

Previous columns by Joe Davidson are available at wapo.st/JoeDavidson. Follow the Federal Diary on Twitter: @JoeDavidsonWP


Joe Davidson writes the Federal Diary, a column about federal government and workplace issues that celebrated its 80th birthday in November 2012. Davidson previously was an assistant city editor at The Washington Post and a Washington and foreign correspondent with The Wall Street Journal, where he covered federal agencies and political campaigns.


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