Pay & Benefits

OPM Changes Snow Day Leave Policy

Feds scheduled to be on vacation or sick leave when Washington-area offices close because of an emergency now won’t get an automatic excused absence.

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Retroactive Mass Transit Benefit Boost Heads to Obama’s Desk

Federal employees riding public transportation will now receive same tax break as drivers.

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How Feds Could Soon Receive Better Quality Health Care

Under new rule, FEHBP providers would earn bigger profits for providing better care.

Read moreDecember 16, 2014Leave a comment

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A snapshot of the $431 billion federal retirement investment plan.

Congress Approves Changing TSP Default Settings to More Lucrative Funds

The switch would only apply to new federal employees who are auto-enrolled in the Thrift Savings Plan.

Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., says OPM is moving too slowly in reducing the retirement claims backlog.

Retirement Wait Times Drop, But OPM Still Falls Short of Goals

Major IT overhaul of claims processing to begin in 2015.

Vice President Biden would not get a pay raise, under the bill.

Winners and Losers From the Deal to Avoid a Shutdown

Things look good for feds, but several agencies continue to bear the brunt of cuts.

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Federal workers "have been undervalued and underappreciated for too long,” said Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.

Feds, Troops Still On Track for a 1 Percent Pay Raise in 2015

CRomnibus package allows for increase, freezes congressional salaries.

There’s Still Time to Sign Up for Flexible Spending Accounts

Federal employees were granted an extension for enrolling in FSAFEDS.

Retirement Claims Backlog Progress Plateaus

The agency is preparing for an influx of 19,000 new applications in January, adding considerably to its inventory.

Obama Gives Feds Extra Day Off at Christmas

Government will be closed on Dec. 26.