Michael Wald

Michael Wald

Michael Wald is a public affairs consultant and writer based in the Atlanta area. He specializes in topics related to government and labor issues. 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.

When You Leave Federal Service, Will The Government Miss You?

An aging population of federal employees means that many are leaving federal service due to retirement. The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) argues that this means there could be a damaging loss of institutional knowledge these federal workers take with them. However, the author points out that the turnover rate among federal employees is very low compared to the private sector and says that the loss of institutional knowledge from retiring federal workers might not be as bad as NARFE is projecting.

G Fund Rate Cuts and a Possible Government Shutdown: NARFE Discusses Priorities for the New Session

With Congress back in session this week, John Hatton, deputy legislative director for NARFE, told FedSmith.com that his organization has several priorities in terms of legislation it wants to see passed by Congress to help federal employees, including avoiding another government shutdown and interest rate cuts to the TSP’s G Fund.