Government Executive - Pay & Benefitshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/The latest on federal employee compensation issuesen-usFri, 24 Oct 2014 14:12:29 -0400Vets Have Less Faith in Merit-Based Federal Promotions Than Their Peershttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/vets-have-less-faith-merit-based-federal-promotions-their-peers/97355/Annual governmentwide survey of feds shows concerns over fairness in the workplace and senior leadership.Kellie LunneyFri, 24 Oct 2014 14:12:29 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/vets-have-less-faith-merit-based-federal-promotions-their-peers/97355/Pay & BenefitsOPM Director Katherine Archuleta committed to helping agencies foster employee engagement Education DepartmentInfographic: No, Millennials in Government Don't Love Their Jobs Eitherhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/no-millennials-government-dont-love-their-jobs-either-Infographic/97340/Younger respondents to OPM's Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey report lower satisfaction in their jobs.Ross GianfortuneFri, 24 Oct 2014 13:22:45 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/no-millennials-government-dont-love-their-jobs-either-Infographic/97340/Pay & BenefitsPressmaster/Shutterstock.comProviding For Each Otherhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/retirement-planning/2014/10/providing-each-other/97301/What’s best for a couple who are both federal employees?Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition PlanningThu, 23 Oct 2014 17:20:23 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/retirement-planning/2014/10/providing-each-other/97301/Pay & Benefits - Retirement PlanningRuslan Guzov/Shutterstock.comHealth Care Scam, Scholarships, Flu Shots and Morehttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/10/health-care-scam-scholarships-flu-shots-and-more/97118/A weekly roundup of pay and benefits news.GovExec StaffWed, 22 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/10/health-care-scam-scholarships-flu-shots-and-more/97118/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchIt's time for your flu shot.Image Point Fr/Shutterstock.comFederal Retirees to Receive a 1.7 Percent COLA for 2015http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/federal-retirees-receive-17-percent-cola-2015/97121/Employee groups say the bump won’t keep pace with the rising costs confronting seniors.Amelia GruberWed, 22 Oct 2014 11:49:38 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/federal-retirees-receive-17-percent-cola-2015/97121/Pay & BenefitsArTono / Shutterstock.comPentagon Delays Until April Changes to Autism Coverage for Military Kidshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/pentagon-delays-until-april-changes-autism-coverage-military-kids/97040/Department is holding off on cutting reimbursement rates for one-on-one therapy after families complained.Kellie LunneyTue, 21 Oct 2014 16:05:52 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/pentagon-delays-until-april-changes-autism-coverage-military-kids/97040/Pay & BenefitsDefense Department file photoFeds Battling Ebola in Africa Must Work 42 Days Before Bonus Pay Kicks Inhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/feds-battling-ebola-africa-must-work-42-days-bonus-pay-kicks/96959/For those on temporary assignment, hardship adjustment is not retroactive to their first day in the region.Eric KatzTue, 21 Oct 2014 08:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/feds-battling-ebola-africa-must-work-42-days-bonus-pay-kicks/96959/Pay & BenefitsCDC Epidemic Intelligence Service officer Kpandja (KP) Djawe completes daily tally sheets from his contact tracing visit in Guinea.Centers for Disease Control and PreventionAgencies Paid Hundreds of Employees to Not Work for at Least One Year http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/agencies-paid-hundreds-employees-not-work-least-one-year/96938/Agencies use administrative leave largely to pay employees facing disciplinary action, report finds.Eric KatzMon, 20 Oct 2014 16:47:46 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/agencies-paid-hundreds-employees-not-work-least-one-year/96938/Pay & Benefitsbikeriderlondon / Shutterstock.comPublic-Private Sector Pay Gap Remains at 35 Percenthttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/public-private-sector-pay-gap-remains-35-percent/96830/Federal Salary Council report says feds now earn on average 35.2 percent less than their peers, a disparity that’s down 0.2 percent from 2013.Kellie LunneyFri, 17 Oct 2014 17:09:32 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/public-private-sector-pay-gap-remains-35-percent/96830/Pay & Benefitsspectrumblue / Shutterstock.comU.S. Troops Fighting Ebola in West Africa Are Earning Bonus Pay http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/us-troops-fighting-ebola-west-africa-are-earning-bonus-pay/96821/Military members can earn up to $400 extra per month.Eric KatzFri, 17 Oct 2014 16:38:08 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/us-troops-fighting-ebola-west-africa-are-earning-bonus-pay/96821/Pay & BenefitsU.S. military personnel discuss construction details with a Liberian contractor at the future location of an Ebola treatment unit in Liberia.Pfc. Craig Philbrick/U.S. ArmyTemp Feds Will Have Access to Health Care Coverage Starting in Januaryhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/temp-feds-will-have-access-health-care-coverage-starting-january/96767/OPM publishes final rule expanding the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.Kellie LunneyFri, 17 Oct 2014 14:16:12 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/temp-feds-will-have-access-health-care-coverage-starting-january/96767/Pay & Benefitsviviamo / Shutterstock.comThe Most Important Retirement Decisionhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/retirement-planning/2014/10/most-important-retirement-decision/96692/Hint: It involves thinking about what happens after your death.Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition PlanningThu, 16 Oct 2014 17:20:55 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/retirement-planning/2014/10/most-important-retirement-decision/96692/Pay & Benefits - Retirement PlanningJerry Sliwowski/Shutterstock.comSome Defense Travelers Will Have Their Per Diem Rates Cuthttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/10/some-defense-travelers-will-have-their-diem-rates-cut/96581/To save money, the department is reducing the amount employees on extended travel can spend on food and lodging.Kellie LunneyWed, 15 Oct 2014 17:22:18 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/10/some-defense-travelers-will-have-their-diem-rates-cut/96581/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchPeshkova / Shutterstock.comWhich Agencies Log the Most Hours of ‘Official Time’ Spent on Union Business?http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/which-agencies-log-most-hours-official-time-spent-union-business/96179/VA tops the list for total hours, but doesn’t make the top 10 for hours spent per bargaining unit employee.Amelia GruberThu, 09 Oct 2014 14:12:26 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/which-agencies-log-most-hours-official-time-spent-union-business/96179/Pay & BenefitsMichael D Brown / Shutterstock.comMaking the Most of Your Money After You Retirehttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/retirement-planning/2014/10/making-most-your-money-after-you-retire/96182/It pays to think ahead about how you will draw down your assets.Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition PlanningThu, 09 Oct 2014 14:04:45 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/retirement-planning/2014/10/making-most-your-money-after-you-retire/96182/Pay & Benefits - Retirement PlanningAndy Dean Photography/Shutterstock.comSelf-Mandated Pay Raise for Federal Judges Will Cost $1Bhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/10/self-mandated-pay-raise-federal-judges-will-cost-1b/96095/Bump stems from court rulings calling congressionally instituted pay freezes unconstitutional.Eric KatzWed, 08 Oct 2014 15:59:14 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/10/self-mandated-pay-raise-federal-judges-will-cost-1b/96095/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits Watchzimmytws / Shutterstock.comFeds Will Pay 3.8 Percent More Toward Health Care Premiums in 2015http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/health-premiums-up/96014/Postal employees' contributions will go up significantly more.Eric KatzTue, 07 Oct 2014 17:20:58 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/health-premiums-up/96014/Pay & BenefitsChristian Delbert / Shutterstock.comThe Time Feds Spend on Union Biz Inches Uphttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/time-feds-spend-union-biz-inches/95975/Federal employees spent 3.43 million hours on “official time” in fiscal 2012, according to the latest report.Kellie LunneyTue, 07 Oct 2014 15:38:42 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/time-feds-spend-union-biz-inches/95975/Pay & BenefitsRep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., was one of the lawmakers interested in data on use of official time. Flickr user House GOPVA Employees Fight for More Payhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/va-employees-fight-more-pay/95882/Lawsuit and union seek to boost employee compensation.Eric KatzMon, 06 Oct 2014 16:31:20 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/va-employees-fight-more-pay/95882/Pay & BenefitsVA Secretary Bob McDonald agreed to put downgrades of certain employees on hold. Veterans Affairs Department OPM Takes Baby Steps Toward Reducing the Retirement Backlog in Sept. http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/opm-takes-baby-steps-reducing-retirement-backlog/95855/Agency isn't likely to clear up the decades-long backlog by the end of 2014.Kellie LunneyMon, 06 Oct 2014 14:03:25 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/opm-takes-baby-steps-reducing-retirement-backlog/95855/Pay & Benefitsqvist/Shutterstock.comBecome a TSP Wizardhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/retirement-planning/2014/10/become-tsp-wizard/95669/Online tools can help guide you to get what you want from your account.Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition PlanningThu, 02 Oct 2014 14:10:36 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/retirement-planning/2014/10/become-tsp-wizard/95669/Pay & Benefits - Retirement PlanningNatykach Nataliia/Shutterstock.comHow to Avoid Costly Mistakes Filling Out Your TSP Formshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/10/how-avoid-costly-mistakes-filling-out-your-tsp-forms/95573/The retirement savings plan’s board offers some common-sense advice for successfully withdrawing or transferring retirement funds.Kellie LunneyWed, 01 Oct 2014 15:55:10 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/10/how-avoid-costly-mistakes-filling-out-your-tsp-forms/95573/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchSergey Nivens / Shutterstock.comRetirement Savings Funds Hit a September Slump http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/retirement-savings-funds-hit-september-slump/95546/All but one of the TSP’s offerings lose ground.Amelia GruberWed, 01 Oct 2014 11:52:59 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/retirement-savings-funds-hit-september-slump/95546/Pay & BenefitsJMiks / Shutterstock.comSome TRICARE Enrollees Won’t Have to Pay Annual Fee Increaseshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/09/some-tricare-enrollees-wont-have-pay-annual-fee-increases/95480/The Pentagon is making an exception for two groups of Prime beneficiaries.Kellie LunneyTue, 30 Sep 2014 15:42:02 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/09/some-tricare-enrollees-wont-have-pay-annual-fee-increases/95480/Pay & BenefitsDavid Orcea / Shutterstock.comRetirement Readiness: Where Do You Stand?http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/09/retirement-readiness-where-do-you-stand/95207/Be sure to ask your questions on Twitter by using #Retirement101.Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:02:11 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/09/retirement-readiness-where-do-you-stand/95207/Pay & Benefits