Wary feds look to budget talks with caution

October 23, 2013

The Federal Diary says:

On Day One of the partial government shutdown, President Obama let federal employees know he was in their corner.

The “political climate,” he wrote in an Oct. 1 letter to them, “too often in recent years, has treated you like a punching bag. You have endured three years of a Federal pay freeze, harmful sequester cuts, and now, a shutdown of our Government.”

(J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
(J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Having survived the 16-day shutdown, federal workers are getting ready for the next round in the congressional budget fight. But this time they’re keeping a wary eye on their cornerman, even as they try to block the big blows from Republicans across the ring.

The next action will take place in a conference committee that is trying to bridge wide differences in budgets passed by the Democratic-controlled Senate and the Republican-controlled House. Proposals by both Republicans and Obama could result in federal employees contributing more out of pocket toward their retirement benefits.

Read the full Federal Diary here.


Twitter: @JoeDavidsonWP

Joe Davidson writes the Federal Diary, a column about the federal workplace that celebrated its 80th birthday in November 2012.
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