Are fed-bashers crushing federal workforce?

August 22, 2013

A few items that caught our attention Thursday:

(John Moore/Getty Images)
(John Moore/Getty Images)

How long does it take to crush a federal employee?: That’s the question posed by Jeff Neal, a former federal human-resources officer and current executive at the management-consulting firm ICF International. He argued that fed-bashing has reached unprecedented levels, with the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey reflecting how the negativity impacts worker satisfaction. Read his commentary for Federal News Radio.

Feds have run through wildfire budget again: The government has depleted its budget for fighting wildfires for the second straight year and will have to borrow $600 million from other accounts to continue its efforts, according to a Washington Post report.

Amazon fights to keep CIA contract: The online retailer filed a claim with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims last month to avoid having to compete again for a $600 million cloud-computing contract with the CIA after IBM protested the deal, according to a Federal Times report.

Chained CPI could cost thousands for feds: The National Active and Retired Federal Employees association has warned that federal workers would take a financial hit if Congress adopts the controversial “chained CPI” formula for calculating cost-of-living adjustments, as well as veterans’ and Social Security benefits, according to a Federal News Radio report.

FERC nomination fight is brewing: Ron Binz’s nomination to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has hit a snag because of a larger struggle over the Obama administration’s policies on climate change, fossil fuels and Wall Street wrongdoing, according to a Politico report.

Is the Pentagon slow to embrace 3D printing?: Members of the military are calling on the Defense Department to develop a more comprehensive strategy to make use of 3D-printing technology to manufacture parts, according to a Defense One article.

Reagan to Nixon on Watergate: “This too shall pass”: The Gipper made that remark in 1973 about the scandal that ultimately consumed the Nixon presidency, according to new tapes released by the Nixon Presidential Library. Government executive has the story.

Feds donate to needy despite own troubles: The federal workforce has shown generosity as employees continue to donate food and other non-perishable items through the Feds Feed Families campaign, despite the looming dark clouds of sequestration and furloughs, according to a Federal News Radio article.

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Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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