Government Executive - Pay & Benefitshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/The latest on federal employee compensation issuesen-usTue, 29 Jul 2014 17:13:28 -0400Many Part-Time Feds Will Soon Be Eligible for Federal Health Benefits http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/many-part-time-feds-will-soon-be-eligible-federal-health-benefits/90011/OPM looks to expand FEHBP coverage.Eric KatzTue, 29 Jul 2014 17:13:28 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/many-part-time-feds-will-soon-be-eligible-federal-health-benefits/90011/Pay & Benefitssheff / Shutterstock.comSenate Panel OKs 1 Percent Pay Raise for Troops and Defense Civilianshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/senate-panel-oks-pay-raise-for-troops-and-defense-civilians/89834/The House-passed version of the fiscal 2015 Defense spending bill supports a 1.8 percent pay boost for service members.Kellie LunneyMon, 28 Jul 2014 15:07:42 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/senate-panel-oks-pay-raise-for-troops-and-defense-civilians/89834/Pay & BenefitsA U.S. Army ranger patrols in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, in 2011. Sgt. Brian Kohl/Defense DepartmentHow to Get the Most from Your Social Security Benefithttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/retirement-planning/2014/07/how-get-most-your-social-security-benefit/89594/It’s simple: wait for it.Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition PlanningThu, 24 Jul 2014 14:25:13 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/retirement-planning/2014/07/how-get-most-your-social-security-benefit/89594/Pay & Benefits - Retirement Planningchuckstock/Shutterstock.comTRICARE Increases Mental Health Care Providershttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/07/tricare-increases-mental-health-care-providers/89459/Beneficiaries can keep their current counselors, or opt for an independent provider as of Aug. 18.Kellie LunneyWed, 23 Jul 2014 15:29:56 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/07/tricare-increases-mental-health-care-providers/89459/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchSteve Cukrov/Shutterstock.comHouse Approves Bill to Reduce Pay for Many TSA Agentshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/house-approves-bill-reduce-pay-many-tsa-agents/89357/Some officers would no longer qualify as law enforcement personnel.Eric KatzTue, 22 Jul 2014 17:20:41 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/house-approves-bill-reduce-pay-many-tsa-agents/89357/Pay & BenefitsJeff Roberson/AP File PhotoThe Government Can Keep Subsidizing Hill Staff's Obamacare--For Nowhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/government-can-keep-subsidizing-obamacare-congressional-staff/89303/Judge throws out a lawsuit against the rule allowing subsidies to continue.Kellie LunneyTue, 22 Jul 2014 14:44:58 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/government-can-keep-subsidizing-obamacare-congressional-staff/89303/Pay & BenefitsSen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., filed the suit in January.J. Scott Applewhite/APHUD Hiring Blitz Attracts Vets, Minoritieshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/hud-hiring-blitz-attracts-vets-minorities/89105/The department is on track to make 1,000 hires by the end of fiscal 2014 with an eye on diversity.Kellie LunneyFri, 18 Jul 2014 16:57:43 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/hud-hiring-blitz-attracts-vets-minorities/89105/Pay & BenefitsJirsak/Shutterstock.comAre You Afraid of Outliving Your Money?http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/retirement-planning/2014/07/are-you-afraid-outliving-your-money/89008/You might want to consider a TSP annuity.Tammy FlanaganThu, 17 Jul 2014 17:14:44 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/retirement-planning/2014/07/are-you-afraid-outliving-your-money/89008/Pay & Benefits - Retirement Planning Andy Dean Photography/Shutterstock.comSenator Wants to Ensure People Who Retaliate Against VA Whistleblowers Get Firedhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/senator-wants-ensure-people-who-retaliate-against-va-whistleblowers-get-fired/88966/Employees who punish whistleblowers can currently get away with just a reprimand, senator says.Eric KatzThu, 17 Jul 2014 14:53:08 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/senator-wants-ensure-people-who-retaliate-against-va-whistleblowers-get-fired/88966/Pay & Benefits“Whistleblowers are critical to our efforts to guard against waste and misconduct in government -- and in the case of the VA, against the compromise of patient care,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.Lauren Victoria Burke/APHouse OKs Bill Allowing 1 Percent Pay Raise, Despite Obama Veto Threat http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/house-oks-bill-allowing-1-percent-pay-raise-despite-obama-veto-threat/88894/White House objects to cuts to IRS and its own staffers' salaries.Eric KatzWed, 16 Jul 2014 17:02:58 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/house-oks-bill-allowing-1-percent-pay-raise-despite-obama-veto-threat/88894/Pay & Benefitsmdgn/Shutterstock.comOPM Announces More Flexibility for Dental and Vision Coveragehttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/07/opm-announces-more-flexibility-dental-and-vision-coverage/88888/Next month certain employees will be able to enroll for benefits or switch plans outside of Open Season.Kellie LunneyWed, 16 Jul 2014 16:39:45 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/07/opm-announces-more-flexibility-dental-and-vision-coverage/88888/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchSebastian Duda/Shutterstock.comTSP Officials Want You to Know the Consequences of Tapping Your Account for a Loanhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/tsp-officials-want-you-know-consequences-tapping-your-account-loan/88885/Public service announcement looks at the costs and benefits of borrowing against retirement funds.Kellie LunneyWed, 16 Jul 2014 16:33:22 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/tsp-officials-want-you-know-consequences-tapping-your-account-loan/88885/Pay & BenefitsDerek Hatfield/Shutterstock.comAlmost Everyone Agrees It’s Time to Overhaul the Federal Pay Systemhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/almost-everyone-agrees-its-time-overhaul-federal-pay-system/88792/But the path forward remains unclear.Eric KatzTue, 15 Jul 2014 17:05:32 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/almost-everyone-agrees-its-time-overhaul-federal-pay-system/88792/Pay & BenefitsOffice of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta told the panel that federal workforce pay changes need to take a comprehensive, rather than piecemeal, form.Kristoffer TripplaarHouse Approves Changing TSP Default Settings to More Lucrative Fundshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/house-approves-changing-tsp-default-settings-more-lucrative-funds/88777/Bill auto-enrolls new feds in more diverse fund, rather than the lower-yield government securities offering.Kellie LunneyTue, 15 Jul 2014 16:11:18 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/house-approves-changing-tsp-default-settings-more-lucrative-funds/88777/Pay & BenefitsKenishirotie/Shutterstock.comBuyout Watch: Air Force and TSA Join the Listhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/buyout-watch-agencies-are-starting-offer-more-separation-incentives-again/88057/An inventory of the agencies that are cutting costs through buyouts or early retirements.GovExec StaffTue, 15 Jul 2014 11:15:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/buyout-watch-agencies-are-starting-offer-more-separation-incentives-again/88057/Pay & BenefitsVorobyeva/Shutterstock.comAir Force to Offer Separation Incentives to Thousands of Civilianshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/air-force-to-offer-separation-incentives/88669/If necessary, service will resort to layoffs to reach sequestration budget caps.Eric Katz and Kedar PavgiMon, 14 Jul 2014 17:21:35 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/air-force-to-offer-separation-incentives/88669/Pay & BenefitsLightspring/Shutterstock.comTSA Offers Early Retirement to Workershttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/tsa-offers-early-retirement-workers/88636/Eligible employees must leave agency by Dec. 31 to take advantage of the incentive.Kellie LunneyMon, 14 Jul 2014 14:27:38 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/tsa-offers-early-retirement-workers/88636/Pay & BenefitsA TSA officer briefs a passenger in Atlanta in 2011.David Goldman/AP file photoToo Many Senior Executives Receive Bonuses, Lawmakers Sayhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/too-many-senior-executives-receive-bonuses-lawmakers-say/88522/Advocates say pay must be high enough to incentivize qualified professionals to join the SES ranks.Eric KatzFri, 11 Jul 2014 15:07:12 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/too-many-senior-executives-receive-bonuses-lawmakers-say/88522/Pay & BenefitsRep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., said he plans to introduce legislation that would allow VA to take back bonuses it has paid to employees proven to have manipulated health records and to retroactively lower performance ratings.Charles Dharapak/AP file photoWhen to Seek Financial Helphttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/retirement-planning/2014/07/when-seek-financial-help/88396/Weighing whether to work with a professional adviser to manage your money.Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition PlanningThu, 10 Jul 2014 15:13:53 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/retirement-planning/2014/07/when-seek-financial-help/88396/Pay & Benefits - Retirement PlanningAnson0618/Shutterstock.comThe Benefits Federal Employees Love Mosthttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/07/benefits-federal-employees-love-most/88288/Retirement and health plans rate well; some other perks are drawing very little interest.Eric KatzWed, 09 Jul 2014 16:25:29 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/07/benefits-federal-employees-love-most/88288/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchPhotoXpressSenators Want VA Wait List Manipulators to Give Back Their Bonuses http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/senators-want-va-wait-list-manipulators-give-back-their-bonuses/88165/Federal employee advocates question legality, say process in place to ensure fairness.Eric KatzTue, 08 Jul 2014 16:42:50 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/senators-want-va-wait-list-manipulators-give-back-their-bonuses/88165/Pay & BenefitsSen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.Pablo Martinez Monsivais/APLawmakers Pressure OPM to Begin Phased Retirementhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/lawmakers-pressure-opm-begin-phased-retirement/88030/Partial retirement became legal two years ago, but feds are still awaiting final guidance.Eric KatzMon, 07 Jul 2014 16:08:16 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/lawmakers-pressure-opm-begin-phased-retirement/88030/Pay & BenefitsHouse Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.Manuel Balce Ceneta/APOPM Reduces Retirement Backlog to Its Lowest Point in Yearshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/opm-reduces-retirement-backlog-its-lowest-point-years/88003/Fewer feds are sending in claims and OPM is processing them more quickly.Eric KatzMon, 07 Jul 2014 14:08:53 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/opm-reduces-retirement-backlog-its-lowest-point-years/88003/Pay & BenefitsAR Images/Shutterstock.comProgress on the Retirement Claims Backlog, In One Charthttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/progress-retirement-claims-backlog-one-chart/88009/The backlog fell 15 percent in June.Eric KatzMon, 07 Jul 2014 13:52:33 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/progress-retirement-claims-backlog-one-chart/88009/Pay & BenefitsUSPS Employees Used Travel Cards for Grocery Shopping, Eating Outhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/usps-employees-used-travel-cards-grocery-shopping-eating-out/87919/Better oversight of employees’ use of the cards can reduce bad publicity, report says.Eric KatzThu, 03 Jul 2014 15:30:27 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/usps-employees-used-travel-cards-grocery-shopping-eating-out/87919/Pay & Benefitskeren-seg/Shutterstock.com