NARFE Legislative Expert

Jessica Klement is the legislative director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) and is responsible for carrying out the legislative and political strategies of the nation’s largest federal employee and retiree organization. As the association’s chief lobbyist, she is responsible for taking NARFE members’ concerns to Congress.

Prior to joining NARFE, Klement served as the Government and Public Affairs director at the Federal Managers Association, a membership organization representing the interests of the over 200,000 managers and supervisors in the federal government. In this role, she worked closely with members of Congress and their staffs to draft legislation to strengthen federal employee and retiree benefits, including the allowance of credit for unused sick leave at the time of retirement for employees in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). She previously worked for Congressman Tom Petri, R-WI, handling issues relating to the House Judiciary Committee.

Klement’s policy analysis on federal employee issues has been featured in The Washington Post, NPR, USA Today and the Associated Press. She is a regular guest on Federal News Radio and frequently contributes insight on breaking federal employee news to the Federal Times and Government Executive.

A native of Wisconsin, Klement has a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance from Marquette University, and now resides in Washington, DC.

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Articles quoting Jessie:

Federal workers and budget negotiations, Government Matters (11/27/17)

The Senate Tax Proposal Could End Feds’ Catch-Up TSP Contributions, Government Executive (11/14/17)

House Vote Takes Federal Retirement Cuts Off the Table For Now, Government Executive (10/26/17)

Leaked Compensation Proposals Could Have ‘Huge’ Repercussions for Civil Service, Government Executive (10/20/17)

Senate Approves Budget Plan, Setting Up Fight Over Fed Benefit Cuts, Government Executive (10/19/17)

House Proposal for Federal Employee Health Program Could Decimate Workers’ Benefits, Government Executive (10/6/17)

House Budget Resolution Puts Feds’ Benefits in Jeopardy, Federal Times (10/6/17)

House Approves Budget Plan that Would Cut Federal Employee Benefits, Government Executive (10/5/17)

TSP: House Proposal Would Make G-Fund 'Virtually Worthless', Government Executive (10/5/17)

Thousands of Federal Employees Volunteer as Surge Force for FEMA Relief Efforts, Government Executive (9/25/17)

Waiting for that $40K buyout?, Federal News Radio (9/19/17)

Issues on Capitol Hill impacting the federal workforce, Government Matters (9/18/17)

Retirement changes 2017/18: What are the odds?, Federal News Radio (9/13/17)

Escaping retirement change: Can you beat the clock?, Federal News Radio (9/8/17)

Federal employees’ earnings under threat from the government they serve, Federal Times (7/21/17)

COLA countdown at 1.6 percent, Federal News Radio (7/20/17)

House GOP Takes Cue From Trump, Targets Federal Retirement, Government Executive (7/18/17)

Is phased retirement starting to take off?, Federal News Radio (6/28/17)

Price hike for your retirement package?,  Federal News Radio (6/28/17)

Trump’s Budget Takes a Big Bite Out of Federal Retirement Benefits, Government Matters (5/24/17)

Will Trump budget tank your federal retirement benefits?, Federal Times (5/24/17)

Cuts to Feds' Retirement Benefits Among the Top Four 'Savers' in 2018 Budget, Government Executive (5/22/17)

How Trump’s Federal Workforce Cuts Could Impact Employment Across the Nation, Governing (4/24/17)

Government reorganizations: Will this one be different?, Federal News Radio (4/18/17)

Federal workforce bracing for expected changes, Government Matters (3/20/17)

Ahead of Trump’s 2018 budget release, NARFE predicts tough fight for fed pay/benefits, Federal News Radio (3/14/17)

What’s ahead for feds in 2017?, Federal News Radio (1/31/17)

Capitol Hill reacts to federal hiring freeze, Government Matters (1/30/17)

House Majority Leader Calls ‘Career Bureaucrats’ the Washington Swamp in Op-Ed, Government Executive (1/25/17)

Trump campaign against bureaucracy alarms federal workers, Yahoo News (1/25/17)

Changes Ahead for Federal Workforce, Human Resources Executive (1/24/17)

Republicans Expected to Reduce Feds’ Pensions, Outsource More Work, Government Executive (1/4/17)

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