Message from NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin
“NARFE activists responded well to our request in the Legislative Hotline and NARFE NewsWatch for enlistments in the defense of accurate COLAs and a 3.3 percent pay raise for federal employees in 2015. In just the last week, 2,835 NARFE members generated a total of 2,932 messages supporting CPI-E legislation. A steadily rising volume of messages is how we defend against Chained CPI and promote a FAIR federal pay raise.”
Consumer Prices Rise in April
On May 15, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov/cpi or 202-691-6994) reported that the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) rose to 233.443 in April, an increase of 0.38 percent from March. With five months remaining in the measurement year, the April index is 1.35 percent higher than the 2013 third-quarter average index (230.327). The 2013 third-quarter average is the reference figure for determining the 2015 cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). For Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) beneficiaries, the first four months of the calendar year have seen a 1.86 percent increase from the December 2013 index (229.174). COLAs for FECA beneficiaries are determined by each calendar year’s percentage change in the CPI. May consumer price indices will be released on June 17. More information is available to NARFE members on our website.
Senate Hearing on Federal Workforce
On May 6, Sen. Jon Tester, D-MT, chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce, conducted a hearing “to examine the state of the federal workforce and the impact of factors such as the partial federal government shutdown, sequestration, and hiring and pay freeze on employee morale, productivity and efficiency, and agency recruitment and retention efforts.” The panel heard from eight witnesses. To access the full written testimony or view the entire hearing, click here.