Government Executive - Pay & Benefits latest on federal employee compensation issuesen-usThu, 26 Mar 2015 16:17:08 -0400Lawmaker Wants to Ban All VA Bonuses Until Troubled Construction Project is Finished Republican introduces bill tying employee bonuses to the completion of the new Aurora VA hospital.Kellie LunneyThu, 26 Mar 2015 16:17:08 -0400 & BenefitsRep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., said: "Rather than improving the quality of VA health care, bonus money has fueled corruption by incentivizing the sort of misconduct which led to the ongoing ‘secret waiting list’ scandal."Chris Schneider/APLeaving Government Now and Taking Retirement Later basics of deferred retirement.Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition PlanningThu, 26 Mar 2015 15:00:00 -0400 & Benefits - Retirement PlanningBrian A Jackson/Shutterstock.comBudget Hawks Target TSP, Scammers Target TRICARE and More weekly roundup of federal pay and benefits news.GovExec StaffWed, 25 Mar 2015 18:01:42 -0400 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchLeonardo da/Shutterstock.comHow Government Workers Pinch Pennies During Shutdowns new study tries to figure out how federal employees fared when their income was reduced.Gillian B. White, The AtlanticWed, 25 Mar 2015 10:32:33 -0400 & Benefitsrangizzz / Shutterstock.comSome Feds Just Got a 34 Percent Pay Boost change affects blue-collar workers in western North Dakota, where the oil and natural gas boom have increased private wages and the cost of living.Kellie LunneyMon, 23 Mar 2015 16:27:22 -0400 & BenefitsMechanics at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., inspect a UH-1N Huey. Senior Airman Brittany Bateman/Defense Department file photoWhat You Have to Earn to Be Rich in Cities Across the United States city with the biggest inequality gap in America isn't San Francisco or New York.Zach Wener-Fligner, QuartzSat, 21 Mar 2015 10:00:00 -0400 & BenefitsAlessandro Colle/Shutterstock.comThe Importance of Accurate Information some federal agencies, retirement specialists aren’t getting the training they need to effectively help employees.Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition PlanningThu, 19 Mar 2015 15:00:00 -0400 & Benefits - Retirement PlanningNAN728/Shutterstock.comLawmaker: Tie Feds' Pay to U.S. Economic Performance So They Have 'Skin in the Game' congressman says federal employees lack incentives to improve economy.Eric KatzThu, 19 Mar 2015 14:55:07 -0400 & Benefitslarry1235 / Shutterstock.comSelf-Plus-One Premiums Won’t Be Higher Than Family Coverage Option tells federal health benefits providers that yet-to-be-determined 2016 premiums for the new option will be capped.Kellie LunneyThu, 19 Mar 2015 12:51:32 -0400 & BenefitsSpotmatik Ltd/Shutterstock.comRetirement Savings Reassurance, Financial Fears, Vets’ Health Care Changes and More weekly roundup of pay and benefits news.GovExec StaffWed, 18 Mar 2015 17:22:07 -0400 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits Watchrangizzz / Shutterstock.comBill Would Ban Misbehaving Feds From Getting Bonuses legislation also includes a provision requiring employees to repay bonuses received if they’ve done something wrong.Kellie LunneyWed, 18 Mar 2015 11:46:19 -0400 & BenefitsSen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. (above), along with Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Deb Fischer, R-Neb., reintroduced the Stop Wasteful Federal Bonuses Act on March 16. Office of Sen. Claire McCaskill file photoJudge Tells VA to Repay Former Senior Exec’s Bonus Helman, the career employee at the center of the VA scandal, successfully petitioned court to recoup performance award -- for now.Kellie LunneyFri, 13 Mar 2015 13:46:45 -0400 & BenefitsSharon Helman, the former career senior executive who ran VA’s Phoenix health care system when the scandal over falsifying wait lists erupted. Veterans Affairs/APA Critical Part of Planning, By Any Estimation’s important that agencies provide retirement estimates to employees.Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition PlanningThu, 12 Mar 2015 14:23:52 -0400 & Benefits - Retirement PlanningMr Doomits/Shutterstock.comAn 8.7 Percent Pay Cut for Six-Figure Earners, Subjective Measures of Financial Well-Being and More weekly roundup of pay and benefits news.GovExec StaffWed, 11 Mar 2015 17:27:45 -0400 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits Watch larry1235 / Shutterstock.comMore Feds Are ‘Thriving’ Financially Than Average Workers, Survey Finds low earning feds have higher financial well-being scores than their non-federal counterparts.Eric KatzTue, 10 Mar 2015 17:09:43 -0400 & BenefitsPhotobank gallery/Shutterstock.comDoJ Will Notify Nearly 1 Million Feds of Eligibility to Join Shutdown Lawsuit are seeking bonus compensation for working without pay during 2013 shutdown.Eric KatzFri, 06 Mar 2015 15:32:52 -0500 & BenefitsCarolyn Kaster/AP file photoRetirement Claims Backlog Hits 18-Month High is processing former retirement paperwork more slowly in 2015.Eric KatzFri, 06 Mar 2015 13:23:46 -0500 & BenefitsImagewell/Shutterstock.comWhat Happens When You Say 'I Do'’s a lot to think about, especially if your betrothed is also a fed.Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition PlanningThu, 05 Mar 2015 14:13:39 -0500 & Benefits - Retirement PlanningAudrius Merfeldas/Shutterstock.comSick Leave Bill for Disabled Vets Advances committee passes legislation that gives wounded warriors hired as feds access to their full year’s sick leave immediately.Kellie LunneyThu, 05 Mar 2015 12:58:43 -0500 & BenefitsSen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, is one sponsor of the bill. APWhy Are We Still Calling Postal Workers 'Mailmen'?'s an outdated way to refer to letter carriers, of whom more than a third are women.Laura Bliss, CityLabWed, 04 Mar 2015 21:00:00 -0500 & BenefitsJamesa Euler delivers mail in Atlanta in 2013.David Goldman/AP file photoSteps to Reform Health Benefits, Cut Retirement Pay, Count Calories and More weekly roundup of federal pay and benefits news.GovExec StaffWed, 04 Mar 2015 16:26:45 -0500 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchPornpan Chinnapong/Shutterstock.comThe Next Looming Deadline Federal Employees Should Know About government will hit the debt ceiling on March 15 unless Congress acts, and likely tap into federal retirement coffers to avoid a default.Kellie LunneyWed, 04 Mar 2015 14:49:16 -0500 & Benefitsphasinphoto/Shutterstock.comLong-Serving NTEU President Announces Retirement Kelley to end 16-year tenure in August.Charles S. ClarkWed, 04 Mar 2015 11:24:37 -0500 & BenefitsNTEULawmakers Seek to Reverse Cuts to Some Travel Allowances would repeal Pentagon policy that reduced per diem rates for military and civilian employees on long-term travel.Kellie LunneyMon, 02 Mar 2015 13:01:57 -0500 & Benefitsimtmphoto/Shutterstock.comThe S Fund Led TSP's February Gains but one fund posted positive returns last month.Kellie LunneyMon, 02 Mar 2015 12:07:56 -0500 & Benefitsleungchopan/