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    Government Agency Processes Paperwork ‘Entirely By Hand’ Despite Spending Over $100M to Go Digital

    About 600 federal employees process federal retirement claims in an old mine in Pennsylvania, using more than 28,000 file cabinets to house paperwork “done entirely by hand,” according to the first story in The Washington Post’s series on “failures at the heart of troubled federal systems.” Decades ago, the government … More

    Obama to Impose Higher Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

    President Obama’s unilateral move to give bigger paychecks to employees of federal contractors will drain more money from taxpayers without pressuring the government to cut spending, a Heritage Foundation economist predicts. The likely result will be “a transfer of wealth from taxpayers to the employees of government contractors,” James Sherk, … More

    Still Not the Time to Raise Federal Pay

    President Obama has announced a 1 percent across-the-board federal pay increase in 2014. This comes on top of federal employees’ already scheduled seniority-based raises. Unless Congress intervenes, the gap between federal and private pay will rise even higher next year. President Obama suspended the uniform federal pay increases in 2011 … More

    How's the Economy at Your House?

    The news media, the President, and Congress should be cautious in trotting out “victims” of the government shutdown. As national media continue the hype, the furor over Washington furloughs will only take you so far in the rest of America. IN WASHINGTON: While the country’s national parks are closed and … More

    The Vitter Amendment on Obamacare: Senate Liberals’ Curious Complaint

    Last week, Senator David Vitter (R–LA) proposed an amendment that would end exemptions for White House political appointees and stop illegal taxpayer subsidies for Congress and staff enrolled in Obamacare’s new health insurance exchanges. In other words, political appointees, Members of Congress, and their staffs would receive the same coverage … More

    Administration Disregards the Law and Gives Special Obamacare Deal to Congress

    This morning, the Obama Administration released a proposed rule by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that has the effect of allowing Members of Congress and their staffs to buy health insurance coverage in the new exchanges (as required by Obamacare) and use the large, tax-free subsidy that they receive … More

    Is Congress Too Good for Obamacare?

    For the past few months, members of Congress and their staffs have been discussing behind closed doors the worrying proposition that they will be forced off their popular health insurance program and onto the federal insurance exchanges set up under Obamacare. Those concerns reached a fevered pitch this week as … More

    For Congress, Obamacare Finally Hits Home

    The quotes are certainly ominous: Employees are so worried “thanks to Obamacare that they are thinking about retiring early or just quitting.” Workers fear being pushed “on to the government health exchanges, which could make their benefits exorbitantly expensive.” “The chatter about retiring now, to remain on the current health … More

    Federal Pay and the Ryan Budget: Brazen Falsehoods from a Federal Employee Union

    Congressman Paul Ryan’s (R–WI) budget outline calls for federal employees to contribute more to their pensions, but the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is none too happy about it. In noting that total federal employee compensation is currently excessive, Ryan is on solid empirical ground. But instead of trying … More

    Hard to Justify Across-the-Board Federal Pay Raises

    The House just voted on a proposal to extend President Obama’s (misnamed) “federal pay freeze” for another year. While Congress has better ways of reducing excessive federal compensation, this approach beats handing out an across-the-board raise. Americans should not have to take a vow of poverty to work in government, … More