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Senators Seek Student Loan Tax Break for Severely Disabled, Including Vets

Bipartisan bill would eliminate IRS tax debt on forgiven student loans for permanently disabled and families whose child has died.

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Panel Repeals Cuts to Pentagon Travel Per Diems

Major Defense legislation advances that would scrap a 2014 department policy that slashed long-term travel reimbursement rates.

TSP Funds Grow for Second Month in a Row

All of the offerings in the federal retirement plan gained ground in April.

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Pay & Benefits Watch U.S. Army soldiers patrol in the mountains near Sar Howza, Paktika province, Afghanistan.
Sens, Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., (left) chairman of the Veterans' Affairs Committee, and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., the ranking member.

Senators Unveil Massive Bill That Would Change How VA Manages Its Workforce

But it’s not clear whether the measure actually will make hiring and firing easier for the department.

Obama Seeks to Boost Federal Employees' Use of Student Loan Repayment Benefit

Usage has ticked up in recent years, but White House wants agencies to improve communication to employees.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said he has received assurances the full Senate will consider the reform package.

Limits on Feds' Bonuses and Leave Included in Senate’s New Government Reform Package

Governmental affairs committee seeks to advance 15 bills through one vehicle.

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Why You Should Care About the Long Term

Weighing the costs of long term care – and the insurance that can help pay for it.

The draft legislation is similar to a proposal from VA Secretary Bob McDonald.

Draft Legislation Would Revamp How VA Employees Are Hired, Fired and Paid

The proposals, which could be unveiled soon, would create a separate personnel and pay system for some senior executives – and make it easier to fire all employees.

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, introduced the administrative leave bill.

House Approves Administrative Leave Overhaul

Lawmakers also pass bill to ensure employees who resign while under investigation don’t get away unscathed.

TSP Officials Say They Might Need to Ask for More Money

The entity that oversees federal employees’ retirement plans already has obligated nearly 70 percent of its fiscal 2016 budget – mostly for cybersecurity needs.

Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas is one of the sponsors.

Bill Helping Combat-Wounded Vets Recoup Lost Severance Pay Advances

Defense has been improperly taxing the disability compensation of certain vets for more than two decades.

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