Pay & Benefits

Senator Reignites Discussion of Obamacare Exemption for Congress

Letter requests information on OPM rule allowing lawmakers and staff to buy insurance on small business exchange and receive an employer contribution.

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With No Confirmed Director, OPM Could Struggle to Implement Trump’s Agenda

‘Clearly, it’s a problem,’ a former director says.

Trump Signs Major Expansion of Veterans Educational Assistance Into Law

Forever GI Bill eliminates 15-year window to use benefits for all new service members.


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Why Your Retirement Income May Depend on Where You Live

It’s important to take state taxes into account.

Steve Bannon Goes After State Department Officials

The White House chief strategist said he was aiming to replace experts at the State and Defense departments.

Field officials and volunteers throughout the world are not subject to the cuts.

Peace Corps to Cut 20 Percent of Its Workforce

Trump requirements to slash jobs led to 'challenging' changes and 'difficult decisions,' acting director says.

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Federal Officials Say Privately They Are 'Pretty Certain' Layoffs Are Coming

Agencies are asking OPM with help to RIF, assist workers to find new jobs.

Cash donations through bake sales will no longer be accepted.

OPM Announces Delay, Changes to Combined Federal Campaign

Donations of time are in and cash donations are out for 2017 fundraising effort.

Contractors Begin Early Shutdown Preparations

Private firms are already ahead of the government in their planning, experts say.

EPA Inspector General Criticizes Its Own Recent Buyout Effort

Report: 11 of 23 positions offered buyouts in 2014 were not supposed to be targeted for elimination.

Some cities including New York are outside the standard reimbursement areas. Feds traveling to New York City will receive a lodging per diem that ranges from $164 to $291, depending on the time of year.

GSA to Increase Lodging Reimbursements for Feds This Fall

Slight bump in per diem rates will take effect Oct. 1.

Agents patrol on horseback in South Texas. The IG said wastefulness could hinder CBP's planned Border Patrol hiring spree.

CBP Administered Polygraphs to Applicants Already Admitting Drug Smuggling, Human Trafficking

The agency wasted $5 million giving exams to candidates it should have already deemed unsuitable, IG says.