Fifteen unions and organizations representing federal employees have sent a letter to President Obama expressing serious concerns with several recommendations included in the December 2010 report of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. The Commission’s report, “The Moment of Truth,” included several recommendations that, if enacted, would impact federal employees, including those in science and natural resource agencies. For example, the report calls for the President and Congress to impose a three-year pay freeze on federal workers and Defense Department civilians, reduce the size of the federal workforce through attrition, and to reduce federal travel, printing, and vehicle budgets.

According to a news report on Federal News Radio, the letter “rejected freezing or reducing salaries at a time when a highly professional federal workforce is critical to a functional and safe nation.”

The letter also drew attention to an October report from the federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM), according to the Federal News Radio report. The OPM report found that “the salary advantage private sector workers have over federal employees grew to 24 percent in 2010, 2 percent higher than in 2009.”


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