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OPM, union settle special rates pay case for $173 million

After more than 19 years of legal wrangling and tense negotiations with the National Treasury Employees Union, the federal government has agreed to pay more than $173 million to settle a back pay case that affects at least 212,000 current and former “special rate” employees.

Domestic partners not eligible for long-term care benefit

For now, domestic partners of federal employees are not eligible for the new long-term health insurance benefit, although the Office of Personnel Management may revisit the issue in the future.

Postal inspector general criticizes executive awards program

For two consecutive years, every eligible executive in the Postal Inspection Service received a cash payout from its executive awards program, according to an inspector general's audit.

Try, try again

Several pay and benefits proposals that failed to pass in Congress last year are likely to be pushed again this year.