NARFE Issues Statement in Response to OPM Proposed Cuts to Earned Benefits

May 7, 2018

Today, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) President Richard G. Thissen issued the following statement in response to proposed earned federal benefits cuts that were submitted by OPM Director Dr. Jeff Pon to Congress on May 4:

“As we kick off Public Service Recognition Week, a time to honor federal employees who serve and protect our country day in and out without applause or fanfare, it’s especially disappointing to see the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) pursue $143.5 billion in cuts to earned federal retirement benefits.
 
“In exchange for years of hard work over long careers, our government made a commitment to middle class federal and postal workers that they would receive federal pensions in retirement. Those pensions are not gifts. Diminishing their value in any way for those who have already earned them – including by eliminating or reducing COLAs, altering how they are calculated, or eliminating an entire element of the pension – fails to honor the basic commitments made to our public servants.
 
“There are certainly federal government operations, such as hiring times and information technology, that will benefit from modernization and reforms. But these proposed cuts are being proposed absent a discussion around a comprehensive civil service modernization package that the OPM Director has said is forthcoming. These are benefit cuts for the sake of benefit cuts. They are nothing less than a direct attack on our nation’s public servants, particularly troubling because they come at a time when the Trump administration touts a strong economy and rising private sector growth.”

 

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NARFE Issues Statement in Response to OPM Proposed Cuts to Earned Benefits

May 7, 2018

Today, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) President Richard G. Thissen issued the following statement in response to proposed earned federal benefits cuts that were submitted by OPM Director Dr. Jeff Pon to Congress on May 4:

“As we kick off Public Service Recognition Week, a time to honor federal employees who serve and protect our country day in and out without applause or fanfare, it’s especially disappointing to see the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) pursue $143.5 billion in cuts to earned federal retirement benefits.
 
“In exchange for years of hard work over long careers, our government made a commitment to middle class federal and postal workers that they would receive federal pensions in retirement. Those pensions are not gifts. Diminishing their value in any way for those who have already earned them – including by eliminating or reducing COLAs, altering how they are calculated, or eliminating an entire element of the pension – fails to honor the basic commitments made to our public servants.
 
“There are certainly federal government operations, such as hiring times and information technology, that will benefit from modernization and reforms. But these proposed cuts are being proposed absent a discussion around a comprehensive civil service modernization package that the OPM Director has said is forthcoming. These are benefit cuts for the sake of benefit cuts. They are nothing less than a direct attack on our nation’s public servants, particularly troubling because they come at a time when the Trump administration touts a strong economy and rising private sector growth.”

 

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NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association) 606 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314, Phone: (703) 838-7760, Fax: (703) 838-7785.

 

This is the only website that reflects the official opinions and positions of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE). Opinions and/or positions that appear on any other site bearing NARFE's name or seal are not necessarily those of NARFE. Click here for Privacy Statement.   NARFE has been certified by Dun & Bradstreet.