National Association of Active and
Retired Federal Employees
Virginia Federation of Chapters
Chapter 595 Colonial Beach, Virginia 22443
Serving Westmoreland, King George, and Colonial Beach
Volume 24, Issue 6 - June 2019
Chapter 595's FACEBOOK Page
Our speaker this month is Eddie Blunt, mayor of Colonial Beach. Mr. Blunt was elected in 2016, with his term expiring in 2020. Mr. Blunt retired from service in Fire and Rescue in Arlington County where he reached the rank of Captain. Having spent his summers in Colonial Beach, he decided this was a good place to retire. The food bank donations this month go to the Colonial Beach Baptist Church.
vs, Jim Lynch, VP
SAVE THE DATE: NOV 2 will be our Harvest Dinner..... Please plan ahead and save a couple of good items for the Silent auction. We'll be at the Moose Lodge in Colonial Beach and we'll look forward to having you there to share good times . Any suggestions on a DJ or band? Volunteers???? Call or drop me an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-508-5321.
Some interest has been shown by members in a bus trip to Charles Town Hollywood Slots. The KG Parks & Rec have 2 upcoming Charles Town trips: July 13th and August 17th. 9am - 5pm. $25pp. If you are interested please call Ann Mills 240-463-5614. (If we have enough people to fill the van we possibly can change the date to a weekday to avoid the Saturday casino crowds).
At The Hunan
The following is from FedWeek issue of May 29:
Bill Affecting Raise, Other Matters in Line for Action
One of the few of the regular spending measures that the House Appropriations Committee has not yet moved--but likely will soon--is the one covering general government matters, which typically is the main vehicle for changes to federal workplace policies including setting the pay raise for the following year.
The House panel almost certainly will oppose President Trump’s proposal to freeze salary rates, with Democratic leaders there having said they favor a 3.6 percent increase in January. That figure however would exceed the 3.1 percent that Trump proposed for the military--a number the Senate Armed Services Committee already has backed--and never in recent years has the federal employee raise exceeded the raise for military personnel.
Writing a federal employee raise of any size into the spending bill would set Congress and the White House on course for the type of standoff that occurred last year. At that time, the administration similarly had proposed to pay no federal employee raise and because a budget had not been enacted by the end of last year, that freeze took effect at the start of this year--only to be later overridden by an average 1.9 percent increase paid retroactively.
The Senate would weigh in later, but it was that chamber--then as now under Republican control--that initially voted last year to provide the 1.9 percent raise that eventually was paid.
The other major focus of the bill, which funds central agencies, will be the potential for a move to block the administration’s request for $50 million to move forward with the planned shift to GSA of OPM's retirement, insurance and HR services divisions, while moving its policy-making roles to OMB.
Democratic leaders of the House Oversight and Reform Committee earlier had asked the appropriations panel to hold off on providing those requested funds until their panel had a chance to review the administration’s plan in detail. A subcommittee of the oversight panel has since held a hearing at which members of both parties expressed skepticism about the plan and where Democratic members, especially, complained about a lack of detailed information. Witnesses from the OPM inspector general and the GAO said the plan is not well enough developed to assess it.
While the two committees have separate roles, that hearing likely will be the only close examination of the proposed OPM breakup for some time, and there was no sign of a willingness to fund it. Denying the requested funds would put the House position at odds with the administration on still another front.
MEETING NOTICE June 11, 2019
12:00 PM at the Hunan
Our speaker this month is Eddie Blunt—Colonial Beach Mayor
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Secretary Ann Jenkins
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