Federal employees have until the end of next week to sign up for new health care, child care and elder care benefits, the Office of Personnel Management has announced. The office is also urging federal agencies to pick up the administrative costs of the new benefits, rather than pass those costs on to employees.
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The long-awaited modernized computer system for the 401k-style Thrift Savings Plan was up and running Monday afternoon, according to TSP board officials.
Agencies looking for personnel flexibilities should stop by OPM before heading to Capitol Hill.
Federal managers could have more discretion in hiring decisions, while federal workers could get the government to pay for academic degrees, under regulations that the Office of Personnel Management will publish this week.
With some exceptions, most federal agencies helped few or no employees with their college debt under a two-year-old repayment program aimed at recruiting and retaining good federal workers.
The Senate approves a provision that would allow more disabled vets to draw their full retirement and disability benefits.
The Defense Department needs a new, more cohesive personnel system to effectively manage civilian employees, Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told Senate lawmakers Wednesday.