FMA RESPONDS TO OPM LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS TARGETING BENEFITS - May 8, 2018
Alexandria, VA - Federal Managers Association (FMA) National President Renee Johnson made the following comments concerning proposed retirement benefit cuts the Office of Personnel Management Director sent on May 4 to House Speaker Paul Ryan:
“As managers, supervisors and executives in the federal government, the Federal Managers Association appreciated the kind words President Trump shared about civil servants in his recent Public Service Recognition Week Proclamation. Regrettably, in this case, the cliché that actions speak louder than words rings true. The current administration has been clear, from its budget requests to the latest push by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), that it seeks drastic cuts to retirement plans for the entire federal workforce. FMA has been equally clear in calling these proposed cuts both unjust and demoralizing. We will continue to stand steadfast against these efforts that break the contract, made in good faith, between federal employees and the government.
“Eliminating and reducing cost of living adjustments for all federal employees – including retired employees on fixed incomes – are broken promises, pulling the rug out from under the dedicated employees who dedicated their lives and careers to serving the American people. If enacted, these enormous increases to pension contributions and changing the calculation to retirement benefits for current employees would only increase the challenges of keeping the best and brightest in federal service and attracting future talent.
“Since OPM Director Pon has called on Congress to legislate these revisions, we call on Congress to thoroughly review the proposals and make a sincere effort to anticipate the effects they will have on our civil servants and their families prior to holding votes. FMA looks forward to working with OPM and Congress as these proposals are considered and giving voice to federal managers’ ideas and concerns.”