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Once a month the Federal Managers Association writes a Hear It from FMA article for the FEDmanager.com newsletter. This article originally ran in the January 11, 2022 issue.
Congress has what’s known as the “power of the purse”. Article One of the Constitution grants Congress the authority – and the responsibility – to pass an annual budget that funds the government and all its necessary functions. This is an incredible power to have. Congress can decide what weapons systems the military will have, how NASA will access space, how many infectious disease experts the CDC will be able to hire, how big of a budget the IRS will have for chasing down tax evasion, and far more. That assumes, of course, that they pass a budget.
Opinion by Jason R. Wojdylo -
Jason Wojdylo recently retired as a senior law enforcement official within the U.S. Marshals Service after spending years trying unsuccessfully to persuade the Bureau of Prisons to change its practices to make federal inmates pay court-ordered restitution, fines, forfeiture, child support, and other debts. He is also Vice President for Law Enforcement Operations of the U.S. Marshals Service chapter of the Federal Managers Association.
FEDforum asked organizations to identify someone we view as a champion for federal employees. We considered some Members of Congress, but settled upon our own Sue Thatch.
Once a month the Federal Managers Association writes a Hear It from FMA article for the FEDmanager.com newsletter. This article originally ran in the December 7, 2021 issue.
Several aspects of the new President's Management Agenda (PMA) are beneficial, from empowering the federal workforce to ensuring the federal government provides services as effectively and efficiently as possible. These are sound and relevant principles.
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Locality pay exists because some areas have significantly different costs of living from others. San Francisco, for example, has a locality pay 41.4% higher than federal General Schedule base pay. This is because of the vastly higher cost of living in San Francisco compared to much of the country; while the median rent in San Francisco costs $3,035 per month, the median rent in the state of West Virginia is $727 per month.