Government Executive - Pay & Benefitshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/The latest on federal employee compensation issuesen-usWed, 27 Aug 2014 17:14:37 -0400Military Families Are More Worried Than Ever About the Effects of Budget Cutshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/08/military-families-are-more-worried-ever-about-effects-budget-cuts/92615/Downsizing within Defense and sequestration’s long-term impact are creating anxiety over job security, survey finds.Kellie LunneyWed, 27 Aug 2014 17:14:37 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/08/military-families-are-more-worried-ever-about-effects-budget-cuts/92615/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchStraight 8 Photography/Shutterstock.comMilitary Bonuses Affected Despite Sequestration’s Hiatushttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/military-bonuses-affected-despite-sequestrations-hiatus/92606/Defense hopes to save money by changing compensation structure associated with Marine Corps' special duty assignment pay.Kellie LunneyWed, 27 Aug 2014 17:02:01 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/military-bonuses-affected-despite-sequestrations-hiatus/92606/Pay & BenefitsPay rate changes affect drill instructors, among others. Cpl. Tyler J. Bolken/U.S. Marine CorpsCOLA Boost is Hovering Around 1.8 Percent Nowhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/cola-hovering-around-18-percent-now/92444/The exact cost-of-living adjustment for 2015 won’t be known until October when all the numbers are in.Kellie LunneyTue, 26 Aug 2014 15:46:49 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/cola-hovering-around-18-percent-now/92444/Pay & BenefitsByjeng / Shutterstock.comIs This the Right Time for the White House to Promote Working from Home? http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/right-time-white-house-promote-working-home/92315/Allegations of feds abusing telework at Patent and Trademark Office put honest employees and managers in a tough spot.Kellie LunneyMon, 25 Aug 2014 13:46:58 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/right-time-white-house-promote-working-home/92315/Pay & Benefitskitzcorner / Shutterstock.comAre You Contributing Too Little to Your TSP?http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/are-you-contributing-too-little-your-tsp/92087/A growing number of participants are not putting in enough to get the maximum match from their agency.Eric KatzThu, 21 Aug 2014 15:12:06 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/are-you-contributing-too-little-your-tsp/92087/Pay & Benefitsromrf / Shutterstock.comA Phased Retirement Qhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/retirement-planning/2014/08/phased-retirement-q/92075/Answers to common questions about the new benefit.Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition PlanningThu, 21 Aug 2014 14:20:03 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/retirement-planning/2014/08/phased-retirement-q/92075/Pay & Benefits - Retirement PlanningMaridav/Shutterstock.comHow Veterans’ Preference Laws Are Dragging Down Federal Hiring http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/how-veterans-preference-laws-are-dragging-down-federal-hiring/91991/‘Unwieldy’ and ‘convoluted’ laws are confusing vets and feds alike, report finds.Eric KatzWed, 20 Aug 2014 16:55:21 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/how-veterans-preference-laws-are-dragging-down-federal-hiring/91991/Pay & BenefitsRetired Army 1st Sgt. William Staude, of Elliott, Pa., salutes the colors being carried by soldiers from the 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command.U.S. ArmyThree Charts Showing How White Males Hold the Highest-Paid Federal Jobshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/08/three-charts-showing-how-white-males-hold-highest-paid-federal-jobs/91970/The average male fed is a full grade level above the typical woman.Eric KatzWed, 20 Aug 2014 16:12:41 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/08/three-charts-showing-how-white-males-hold-highest-paid-federal-jobs/91970/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits Watchjorgen mcleman/Shutterstock.comHow Federal Agencies Can Solve Skyrocketing Workers' Comp Costshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/how-federal-agencies-can-solve-skyrocketing-workers-comp-costs/91838/The Postal Service inspector general has recommended a slew of changes to 100-year-old law, including benefits cuts.Eric KatzTue, 19 Aug 2014 17:22:03 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/how-federal-agencies-can-solve-skyrocketing-workers-comp-costs/91838/Pay & BenefitsAP Photo/Elaine ThompsonFederal Agencies Are Falling Behind on Hiring Women and Disabled Employeeshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/federal-agencies-are-falling-behind-on-hiring-women-disabled/91787/Workforce's racial diversity has remained virtually unchanged.Eric KatzTue, 19 Aug 2014 13:07:18 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/federal-agencies-are-falling-behind-on-hiring-women-disabled/91787/Pay & BenefitsArtishok/Shutterstock.comTravel Per Diems Aren’t Changing in Fiscal 2015http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/travel-diems-arent-changing-fiscal-2015/91562/Daily rates for government travelers will remain at $83 for lodging, and between $46 and $71 for meals and other expenses.Kellie LunneyFri, 15 Aug 2014 12:12:36 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/travel-diems-arent-changing-fiscal-2015/91562/Pay & BenefitsFlickr user Jason KufferHere’s Some Good News About Your Retirement Benefithttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/retirement-planning/2014/08/heres-some-good-news-about-your-retirement-benefit/91502/It’s safe for the next 80 years, says the Congressional Research Service.Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition PlanningThu, 14 Aug 2014 16:22:30 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/retirement-planning/2014/08/heres-some-good-news-about-your-retirement-benefit/91502/Pay & Benefits - Retirement PlanningJerry Sliwowski/Shutterstock.com5 Things Agencies Must Do To Implement Phased Retirementhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/5-things-agencies-must-do-implement-phased-retirement/91472/The ball is now in their court to fully define how the program will work.Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition PlanningThu, 14 Aug 2014 15:05:05 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/5-things-agencies-must-do-implement-phased-retirement/91472/Pay & BenefitsPressmaster/Shutterstock.comHow to Win a Furlough Appeal http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/how-win-furlough-appeal/91448/Tens of thousands of employees challenged their loss of work (and income) during sequestration; a few were successful.Eric KatzThu, 14 Aug 2014 13:30:04 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/how-win-furlough-appeal/91448/Pay & BenefitsSebastian Duda/Shutterstock.comCivilians in Iraq To Get Higher Premium Payhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/civilians-iraq-get-higher-premium-pay/91376/New guidance from OPM extends the pay cap waiver for a longer period.Kellie LunneyWed, 13 Aug 2014 16:34:34 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/civilians-iraq-get-higher-premium-pay/91376/Pay & Benefitsrineca/Shutterstock.comHow Phased Retirement Affects Your TSPhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/08/how-phased-retirement-affects-your-tsp/91352/Many of the same rules will still apply for those who partially retire and continue to work part-time.Kellie LunneyWed, 13 Aug 2014 16:09:39 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/08/how-phased-retirement-affects-your-tsp/91352/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits Watchleungchopan/Shutterstock.comNot Everyone Is Eligible for Phased Retirementhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/not-everyone-eligible-phased-retirement/91232/Law enforcement officers and air traffic controllers are among those feds who can’t take advantage of the government’s new HR tool.Kellie LunneyTue, 12 Aug 2014 13:21:37 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/not-everyone-eligible-phased-retirement/91232/Pay & Benefitsbahri altay/Shutterstock.com5 Myths About Federal Retirementhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/retirement-planning/2014/08/5-myths-about-federal-retirement/90896/Good news! You don’t have to be a millionaire to retire comfortably.Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition PlanningThu, 07 Aug 2014 16:00:14 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/retirement-planning/2014/08/5-myths-about-federal-retirement/90896/Pay & Benefits - Retirement PlanningJerry Sliwowski/Shutterstock.comPhased Retirement is Finally Here http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/phased-retirement-finally-here/90869/Feds can submit their applications to work part-time and receive half of their annuity beginning Nov. 6.Kellie LunneyThu, 07 Aug 2014 13:02:52 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/phased-retirement-finally-here/90869/Pay & BenefitsPart work, part retirement: Feds could spend more time at the beach. Or even working at the beach.Ditty_about_summer/Shutterstock.comCan You Accept That Gift? Take Our Quiz http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/08/can-you-accept-gift-take-our-quiz/90794/14 questions to test your knowledge of when you can and cannot accept presents.Eric KatzWed, 06 Aug 2014 16:47:29 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/08/can-you-accept-gift-take-our-quiz/90794/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchNREY / Shutterstock.comGifts Quiz: The Answershttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/gifts-quiz-answers/90788/Eric KatzWed, 06 Aug 2014 16:41:38 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/gifts-quiz-answers/90788/Pay & BenefitsDefense Could Save Millions in Health Care Costs If Congress Would Let Ithttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/defense-could-save-millions-health-care-costs-congressional-fix/90749/An outdated—and expensive—Defense health care program duplicates benefits offered elsewhere, but Congress has to change the law to get rid of it.Kellie LunneyWed, 06 Aug 2014 14:42:26 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/defense-could-save-millions-health-care-costs-congressional-fix/90749/Pay & Benefitscesc_assawin / Shutterstock.comRetirement Claims Backlog Inches Back Uphttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/retirement-claims-backlog-inches-back/90668/OPM gets more applications than it expected in July.Kellie LunneyTue, 05 Aug 2014 16:30:23 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/retirement-claims-backlog-inches-back/90668/Pay & BenefitsSTILLFX / Shutterstock.comFeds Who Worked During Shutdown Could Still Receive Bonus Payhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/feds-who-worked-during-shutdown-could-still-receive-bonus-pay/90662/First ruling in shutdown lawsuit is mostly favorable for those forced to work.Eric KatzTue, 05 Aug 2014 16:05:26 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/feds-who-worked-during-shutdown-could-still-receive-bonus-pay/90662/Pay & BenefitsPhilip Bird LRPS CPAGB / Shutterstock.comRetirement Savings Funds Hit a Slump in Julyhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/retirement-savings-funds-hit-slump-july/90359/All but one of the TSP’s offerings ended the month in the red.Amelia GruberFri, 01 Aug 2014 13:53:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/retirement-savings-funds-hit-slump-july/90359/Pay & BenefitsJMiks / Shutterstock.com