Friday, July 31, 2009
1-Continue to build the total transit system
2- Maximize the use of existing resources and make capital investments that enhance efficiency and prevent future problems
3- Increase ridership
4- Focus on service quality
5- Demonstrate environmental leadership
6- Integrate transportation and land-use goals
7-Increase agency diversity by attracting, training and retaining employees who reflect our community
8- Maintain strong fiscal controls
9-Respond to customer needs
I want to thank everyone in Operations for their hard work this week in the extreme weather. Many of you worked in locations where the heat was inescapable: monitoring the system in the field, repairing equipment, keeping our facilities running, operating vehicles and assisting customers.
While temperatures reached record highs outside, many don’t realize that sitting in the operator’s seat, reaching under a hood, and walking in the ballast places employees in even higher temperatures.
Most employees in Operations do not have the benefit of working in an office where they can escape from the heat. Many thanks to you all for continuing to come to work, for your patience with your customers, and for handling the heat with professionalism.
Members elected since 1984 are covered by the Federal Employees' Retirement System (FERS). Those elected prior to 1984 were covered by the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). In 1984 all members were given the option of remaining with CSRS or switching to FERS.
As it is for all other federal employees, congressional retirement is funded through taxes and the participants' contributions. Members of Congress under FERS contribute 1.3 percent of their salary into the FERS retirement plan and pay 6.2 percent of their salary in Social Security taxes.
Members of Congress are not eligible for a pension until they reach the age of 50, but only if they've completed 20 years of service. Members are eligible at any age after completing 25 years of service or after they reach the age of 62. Please also note that Members of Congress have to serve at least 5 years to even receive a pension.
The amount of a congressperson's pension depends on the years of service and the average of the highest 3 years of his or her salary. By law, the starting amount of a Member's retirement annuity may not exceed 80% of his or her final salary.
According to the Congressional Research Service, 413 retired Members of Congress were receiving federal pensions based fully or in part on their congressional service as of Oct. 1, 2006. Of this number, 290 had retired under CSRS and were receiving an average annual pension of $60,972. A total of 123 Members had retired with service under both CSRS and FERS or with service under FERS only. Their average annual pension was $35,952 in 2006.