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Senate conducts hearing on federal workforce

from NARFE

On May 6, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce, conducted a hearing "to examine the state of the federal workforce and the impact of factors such as the partial federal government shutdown, sequestration, and hiring and pay freeze on employee morale, productivity and efficiency, and agency recruitment and retention efforts." The panel heard from eight witnesses. To access the full written testimony or view the entire hearing, click here.

In advance of the hearing, NARFE President Beaudoin commented, "Unfortunately, our nation's public servants do not always receive the recognition they deserve. Over the last four years, they have endured a three-year pay freeze, furloughs due to sequestration, a government shutdown and increased retirement contributions for new employees. These policies have cost federal employees more than $120 billion.

"It is no surprise that federal employee morale has been declining as a result. The gradual but steady deterioration inevitably will diminish the effectiveness of our workforce. We must not let that happen." more

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