Government Executive - Pay & Benefitshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/The latest on federal employee compensation issuesen-usTue, 21 Oct 2014 08:00:00 -0400Feds 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 & Benefits5 Things You Can Change After You Retirehttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/retirement-planning/2014/09/5-things-you-can-change-after-you-retire/95147/In the federal retirement world, “permanent” doesn’t always mean permanent.Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition PlanningThu, 25 Sep 2014 16:24:32 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/retirement-planning/2014/09/5-things-you-can-change-after-you-retire/95147/Pay & Benefits - Retirement PlanningJerry Sliwowski/Shutterstock.comOPM Reminds Same-Sex Surviving Spouses They Are Eligible for Benefitshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/09/opm-reminds-same-sex-surviving-spouses-they-are-eligible-benefits/95120/Those married before a 2013 Supreme Court ruling have until June 26, 2015, to apply for pension and death benefits.Kellie LunneyThu, 25 Sep 2014 13:58:24 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/09/opm-reminds-same-sex-surviving-spouses-they-are-eligible-benefits/95120/Pay & BenefitsOPM Director Katherine Archuleta published a notice in the Federal Register. Kris TripplaarAgencies Are Paying More to Avoid Costly Discrimination Adjudicationhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/09/agencies-are-paying-more-avoid-costly-discrimination-adjudication/95021/An analysis shows the amount of money doled out to settle employees’ informal and formal EEO complaints has increased.Kellie LunneyWed, 24 Sep 2014 16:45:23 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/09/agencies-are-paying-more-avoid-costly-discrimination-adjudication/95021/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchAfrica Studio/Shutterstock.comPolitical Appointee Ethics Quiz: The Answershttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/09/political-appointee-ethics-quiz-answers/94904/Eric KatzTue, 23 Sep 2014 17:16:57 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/09/political-appointee-ethics-quiz-answers/94904/Pay & BenefitsQUIZ: Do You Know How to Be an Ethical Political Appointee?http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/09/quiz-do-you-know-how-be-ethical-political-appointee/94901/Seventeen questions to test your knowledge of updated ethics rules.Eric KatzTue, 23 Sep 2014 17:13:54 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/09/quiz-do-you-know-how-be-ethical-political-appointee/94901/Pay & BenefitsChris Ison/Shutterstock.comFederal Retirees Will Learn Their 2015 COLA Soonhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/09/federal-retirees-will-learn-their-2015-cola-soon/94856/The final figure, which will be released in late October, is estimated to be between 1.6 percent and 1.8 percent.Kellie LunneyTue, 23 Sep 2014 15:39:20 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/09/federal-retirees-will-learn-their-2015-cola-soon/94856/Pay & BenefitsK-Kwan Kwanchai/Shutterstock.com