Civil service employees move a step closer to getting the same raise as military service personnel next year.
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About 15,000 employees in outlying areas around big cities could win eligibility for additional locality pay.
Legislative proposals to revamp the military reserve retirement system might end up costing the government more than it gains in retention, according to GAO.
A 3.5 percent civil service raise is likely to pass, House Democratic leader says, but probably not in time to take effect in January.
Union bargaining will be limited and civilian personnel rules will be more flexible.
Bush administration officials and the Office of Personnel Management are bullish on Health Savings Accounts.
The National Finance Center, which handles administrative duties for the Thrift Savings Plan, narrowly avoided a hit from a hurricane this week.
A Senate lawmaker questions whether compulsory retirement ages still make sense.
Agency officials hope the hiring makeovers will yield significant benefits by the end of 2005.
The OPM announcement marks the first time in four years that the annual increase has not been more than 10 percent.