Pay & Benefits

Changes to Catastrophic Health Protection in 2015 Should Reassure Feds

An across-the-board cap on out-of-pocket expenses effective next year could bring some relief to FEHBP enrollees.

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Pressure Builds for Crackdown on Paying Employees Not to Work

EPA spent more than $1 million on administrative leave for just eight employees, watchdog finds.

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Petition for an Extra Day Off at Christmas Falls Just Short of Demanding a Response

Movement comes within a few thousand signatures of the 100,000 needed to guarantee a reply from the White House.

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We Need to Talk About Your Retirement

The importance of counseling in the planning process.

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Chaffetz Will Replace Issa as House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman

Media-savvy Republican has shepherded legislation affecting federal employees’ pay and benefits.

TSP Board Green Lights More Homework on Mutual Fund Option

Agency staff will craft an implementation plan in 2015 for rolling out the potential new offering for feds.

Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., plans to introduce the bill.

Misbehaving VA Execs Could Lose Some of Their Pension Benefits

Bill would give the secretary power to strip a portion of an employee’s retirement benefits on account of wrongdoing or poor performance.

Retirement Planning

The $1,258 Question

The Medicare Part B conundrum for those turning 65.

Postal Employees’ Health Care Costs Will Rise Far Less Than Originally Estimated

OPM vastly overstated increase in employees’ share of premiums, USPS says.

TSP Moves Closer to Offering Mutual Fund Option

Board still has more homework to do on costs and implementation, but so far supports the additional investment flexibility for feds.

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Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is the presumptive incoming chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs panel.

Sen. Johnson Speaks on Aligning Public-Private Sector Pay, Keeping Hearings Polite

Likely Homeland Security panel priorities also include securing border, cyber safety, regulatory rollback.

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