Michael Wald

Michael Wald is an independent economics analyst and writer based in the Atlanta area. He specializes in topics related to business, labor, and human resources. Prior to his retirement from the U.S. Department of Labor, he served as the agency’s Southeast Regional Director of Public Affairs and Southeast Regional Economist.

Is the Federal Bureaucracy Facing a ‘Deep State’ Purge?

By on March 13, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Is the Federal Bureaucracy Facing a ‘Deep State’ Purge?

Calls are growing to find and fire federal employees who may be part of a “Deep State” opposition to the Trump administration’s agenda.

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Congress Considering Change in Calculating Retiree Benefit Increases

By on March 1, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Congress Considering Change in Calculating Retiree Benefit Increases

Recently introduced legislation would require the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) methodology used in computing federal employee retirement benefits to change. Here is an explanation of the changes being proposed.

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Labor Department Employees Urge Vote Against Puzder Nomination… But Should They?

By on February 15, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Labor Department Employees Urge Vote Against Puzder Nomination… But Should They?

Federal employees at the Department of Labor are circulating a letter asking for a vote against President Trump’s nominee for Labor Secretary. The author says that these employees could be potentially jeopardizing their careers in the process.

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Why Protect Only Law Enforcement Employees?

By on February 12, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Why Protect Only Law Enforcement Employees?

President Trump’s new Executive Order focuses on preventing violence against law enforcement officers, but leaves out other government employees.

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Life Without Civil Service Protections? Ask Georgia

By on February 6, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Life Without Civil Service Protections? Ask Georgia

With its 20-year history of civil service reform, Georgia provides insights into how federal civil service may change under the Trump administration.

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Strong Words From the New Secretary of State to Federal Workers

By on February 3, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addressed State Department workers during his first visit to the Department, however many of his remarks apply to all federal employees.

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Details Announced About Trump’s Hiring Freeze

By on January 23, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Details Announced About Trump’s Hiring Freeze

President Trump has announced a federal hiring freeze as a first step in a plan to reduce the size of the federal workforce. The White House memo offers details on how the freeze will work.

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Democrats Ask Trump To Reconsider Federal Hiring Freeze

By on January 11, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Democrats Ask Trump To Reconsider Federal Hiring Freeze

A large group of House Democrats recently sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump asking that he reconsider plans to impose a federal hiring freeze upon taking office on January 20.

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CBO Shows More Effective Means to Reduce the Deficit Than Targeting the Federal Workforce

By on January 8, 2017 in Current Events with 0 Comments
CBO Shows More Effective Means to Reduce the Deficit Than Targeting the Federal Workforce

The Congressional Budget Office has published a list of 115 ways to reduce the federal deficit in the coming years. The author points out that the options which target the federal workforce generally offer smaller deficit reductions than other items on the list.

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NARFE President Testifies on Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program Premium Increases

By on November 30, 2016 in Current Events, Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
NARFE President Testifies on Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program Premium Increases

Many federal employees are facing steep hikes in their long term care insurance premiums. The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association provided suggestions at a Congressional hearing for ways to address the situation.

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