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Federally Employed Women

Federally Employed Women (FEW), founded in 1968, is a private, non-profit membership organization with over 100 Chapters across the USA working exclusively to end sex discrimination and towards the advancement of women in federal service.

Location: Chapters across the USA
Members: 309
Latest Activity: Jul 15

Scholarships for Women for online education

Scholarships have been established to assist a wide range of students who are interested in furthering their education. The money awarded does not have to be repaid, but there are often very specific requirements related to the eligibility of applicants and the expectations of recipients. Scholarships are awarded by a range of institutions and organizations, and are often focused on particular populations and interests.

Women-specific scholarships originated decades ago as a way to encourage more women to consider pursuing college-level education. At that time, female students were a minority. While the ranks of women in college have greatly expanded over the years, there is a continued effort to increase the diversity of the student population, create additional opportunities, and encourage entry into non-traditional fields of study, such as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

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Leadership Fundamentals Webinar

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FEW 2014 - 2016 Election Results

Started by Karen Rainey Jun 8. 0 Replies

The election results are in. The 2014 - 2016 National Board of Directors for Federal Employed Women are:• President: Michelle Crockett• Executive Vice President: Wanda Killingsworth• Vice President for Policy & Planning: Georgia Thomas• Vice…Continue

The true VA scandal is shared across the federal government

Started by Karen Rainey May 28. 0 Replies

The true VA scandal is shared across the federal government AT THE Department of Veterans Affairs, the federal government’s largest employer (the Army ranks second), only 56.9 percent of employees believe they can disclose a suspected violation of…Continue

"When women succeed, America succeeds." President Obama

Started by Karen Rainey Apr 12. 0 Replies

Kay Morrison is 90 years old. And in 1943, when she worked as a journeyman welder on the assembly line at Kaiser Shipyard #2 in Richmond, California, she earned the same wage as the man working the graveyard shift alongside her.As Kay said, "it can…Continue

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Comment by Karen Rainey on June 18, 2014 at 9:33am

Celebrating Juneteenth

Submitted by Georgia Thomas (SB/SE, Houston, TX)

Most times when we miss an important date we count it as an oversight and try hard to let it go and just move on. However, that’s very different from not even knowing that we missed the event in the first place. That’s exactly what happened to the 200,000 slaves in Texas who were still working in the plantation fields some two and a half years after President Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Instant messaging, Facebook, Twitter and the 24-hour news services makes it hard to fathom a time when we could not get news immediately.


Scholars and students of history have speculated as to why Texas’ slaves were in the dark about their emancipation for so long. Often told is the story of a messenger who was murdered on his way to Texas with the news of freedom. Another is that the news was deliberately withheld by the enslavers to maintain the labor force on the plantations. And still, yet another story is that federal troops actually waited for the slave owners to reap the benefits of one last cotton harvest before going to Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. All, or none, of these versions could be true. Certainly, for some, the Emancipation Proclamation had little impact because there were a minimal number of Union soldiers in the state to enforce the Executive Order.


However, on June 18, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived on the island of Galveston, Texas to take possession of the state and enforce the emancipation of its slaves. On June 19, standing on the balcony of Galveston’s Ashton Villa, Granger read the contents of "General Order No. 3."

“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.”


While the message was slow, the reaction was swift with many leaving the state and heading north and to the neighboring states of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. On that day, former slaves in Galveston rejoiced in the streets. Redefining a new existence for Black people in America had its challenges whether they remained in the state or left. Yet, they never forgot and the recounting of the memories of the great release day in June of 1865 became the celebration of June 19th was coined “Juneteenth,” also known as Juneteenth Independence Day, Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. Juneteenth celebrations began in Texas the following year. Across many parts of Texas, freed people pooled their funds to purchase land specifically for their communities and increasingly large Juneteenth gatherings — including Houston’s Emancipation Park, Mexia's Booker T. Washington Park, and Emancipation Park in Austin.

Comment by Karen Rainey on June 8, 2014 at 1:08pm

FEW participates in Race for the Cure.

We will one day find a cure and once again FEW stand in the fight of breast cancer.

Comment by Karen Rainey on June 4, 2014 at 9:15pm
Thrift Savings Plan Funds Move Back to Black in May

The Thrift Savings Plan looked healthier in May than in April, with all the funds in the black last month, according to the latest statistics from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board.

The S Fund, invested in small and midsize companies and tracking the Dow Jones Wilshire 4500 Index, emerged in May from a two-month stay in the red, in...creasing 1.52 percent last month. The fund has risen 20.33 percent in the past 12 months.

The most robust of the TSP’s offerings in May was the C Fund, invested in common stocks and gaining 2.35 percent. The fund, which saw a 0.75 percent boost in April, has increased 20.54 percent in the past 12 months.

TSP’s international (I) fund continued its growth, rising 1.72 percent last month after increasing 1.51 percent in April. The fund has picked up 19.35 percent since May 2013.

The fixed income (F) fund rose 1.21 percent last month, gaining 3.26 percent over the last 12 months, while the always reliable G fund, invested in government securities, remained the same, inching up 0.20 percent in May. The G Fund has increased 2.26 percent since May 2013.

The lifecycle (L) funds -- designed to move investors to less risky portfolios as they near retirement -- all yielded positive returns in May, as they have the past few months. The L Income Fund for TSP participants who already have started withdrawing money gained 0.64 percent last month. L 2020 increased 1.20 percent in May; L 2030 gained 1.46 percent; L 2040 was up 1.63 percent; and L 2050 saw a 1.78 percent boost.

Over the last 12 months, L Income is up 5.81 percent; L 2020, 11.59 percent; L 2030, 14.16 percent; L 2040, 15.97 percent; and L 2050, 17.78 percent.
Comment by Karen Rainey on May 28, 2014 at 2:38pm

Feds Feed Families Drive to Restart

The annual Feds Feed Families food donation program will kick off June 1 with tentative collection dates on June 25, July 30 and August 27, according to a memo to agencies from the Agriculture Department, which is coordinating the campaign. The program, administered jointly with the Chief Human Capital Officers Council, donates collected food to local food banks. Last year's donation was some nine million pounds, bringing the five-year total to 24 million pounds.

Comment by Karen Rainey on May 28, 2014 at 1:19pm
Bill Would Ban Misbehaving Feds From Getting Bonuses

Federal employees who break the law or aren’t in good standing with their agency would be prohibited from receiving bonuses under a new bipartisan Senate bill.

The legislation, introduced on Tuesday by Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., would prohibit agency heads from awarding bonuses to employees who could be fired or s...uspended for violating agency policy, or for doing something illegal that could land them in prison for more than a year. The bonus ban for those employees would last for five years. Agency inspectors general, senior ethics officials or the Government Accountability Office would determine whether an employee’s conduct violated agency policy.

The bill also includes a mandatory clawback provision requiring the employee to repay the amount of any bonus made during the year in which such a determination is made.

“Federal employees who have disciplinary problems or who haven't paid their taxes shouldn't be getting bonuses,” Ayotte said in a statement.

The bill comes a week after the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration released a report that found about 2,800 employees involved in misconduct resulting in disciplinary action received a total of $2.8 million in bonuses between October 2010 and December 2012. The IRS doesn’t consider tax compliance or disciplinary actions when doling out bonuses or other awards, the auditors found, except for employees in the Senior Executive Service.

“The notion that taxpayer dollars would be used to pay cash bonuses to employees who've engaged in conduct that could get them fired or sent to jail is outrageous -- and our bill would put an end to it,” McCaskill said. The Missouri Democrat introduced a similar bill back in 2012.
Comment by Karen Rainey on May 28, 2014 at 1:17pm
Senators Propose 3.3 Percent Pay Raise for Federal Employees

Two Democratic senators have introduced legislation that would give federal employees a 3.3 percent pay raise in 2015, mirroring a bill already introduced in the House.

Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, introduced the bill -- which would apply to both General Schedule and wage-grade employees -- with Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., as a cosponsor. ...Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., introduced the same measure, called the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act, in the House in March.

The legislation would increase federal salaries significantly more than the 1 percent raise pitched by President Obama, which federal employee unions have called “inadequate” and “pitiful.” A 3.3 percent raise, said National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley, more accurately reflects the indicators for calculating salary increases as spelled out in federal law.

“After several years of pay freezes, unpaid furloughs and government shutdowns, it is time for federal employee pay to get back on track,” Kelley said. “We appreciate Sen. Schatz and Sen. Cardin introducing this bill to provide a fair pay raise for federal employees in 2015, and will work to garner support for it.”

Kelley added the raise was necessary to shrink the gap between private and federal-sector pay.

With the House yet to take any action on its version of the bill, it is unclear if the proposed raise will become law. The House on Thursday passed a Defense bill authorizing a 1.8 percent raise for military personnel, however, opening the window for the pay parity argument that federal employee advocates have made many times in the past.
Comment by Karen Rainey on May 26, 2014 at 10:55pm
Federally Employed Women (FEW) has compiled success stories from all 50 states in the U.S. and the District of Columbia which illustrate the effectiveness and positive results the Federal Women’s Program (FWP) has had in federal agencies the several decades since Executive Order 11478 that integrated the FWP into the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program was signed into law. These stories were obtained from federally employed women who have benefited directly in their careers through the assistance of an FWP or from Federal Women’s Program Managers (FWPM) who have assisted other women to succeed.

On our website are excerpts from these stories which detail the effectiveness of the FWP Program as told in the first person. Use the link below to read some of the stories and register in FEW’s FWP Database to join our team in the fight for the Federal Women's Program.
Federal Women's Program (FWP) Success Stories -
Comment by Karen Rainey on May 21, 2014 at 1:21pm
Postal Reform Stalled Again
One potential vehicle for substantial benefit changes has been a postal reform effort that could include government-wide restrictions on injury compensation benefits and authority for a separate health insurance system for postal employees and retirees, either in a new program or as an independent subset of the FEHB. Differing bills have cleared the committee level on both the House and Senate side, but the main House sponsor, Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has not pushed for a floor vote due to opposition to certain aspects that could cost jobs, including ending Saturday mail delivery. Issa last week was ready to introduce an alternative bill that reflected the postal proposals in the administration's budget plan of several months ago. However, he called off a scheduled committee vote when there was not enough support. The reform proposals all would provide relief, in varying ways, from a requirement to pre-fund postal retiree health insurance costs. USPS meanwhile called again for congressional action after posting a $1.9 billion loss in its second fiscal quarter. Officials disputed a union argument that relief from the prefunding requirement would in essence solve the agency's problems, saying that even then, it would need new revenue and cost-savings, particularly on labor. In practice, USPS has not made that payment for three straight years and it almost certainly will not make the payment due in September.
Comment by Karen Rainey on May 21, 2014 at 1:13pm
Some Hope Appears for Boosting Raise

The House Armed Services Committee has produced a fiscal 2015 DoD authorization bill that supports—although not definitively—a 1.8 percent January raise for military personnel, whose raise often has acted as the bellwether for a federal employee raise. President Obama has recommended a 1 percent increase for both groups, and while some federal employee organiz...ations have called for boosting that to 3.3 percent for civilians, the military community has been aiming at 1.8 percent, the figure indicated by a wage growth measure to which raises are supposed to be linked. In many past years, the federal raise was boosted up to the level of a higher military raise in the name of "pay parity" -- although that has been more the exception than the rule in more recent years. The 1.8 percent figure further is not certain even for military personnel, since the bill does not specify that amount but rather leaves room for it by not including any figure. Under both civilian and military pay law, there are provisions for a president's recommendation to take effect by default in the absence of any specific language in legislation. That happened for both groups for purposes of this year's raise, yielding the administration's favored raise of 1 percent; budget measures so far have been silent on the 2015 federal employee raise, as well.
Comment by Karen Rainey on May 6, 2014 at 6:13pm

The Federally Employed Women 2014 Leadership Summit is coming. We are an organization that provides professionals with an opportunity to share their experiences, gain insight from our dynam...ic speakers, and connect with policy makers, all with the goal of advancing your careers in the federal government.

July 10th - 12th, we will be at the lovely Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001, phone 202-628-2100. Make your reservations today and share with your friends another spectacular event held by FEW, "In the Spirit of Excellence".

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