Government Executive - Pay & Benefitshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/The 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 Finishedhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/lawmaker-wants-ban-all-va-bonuses-until-troubled-construction-project-finished/108568/Colorado Republican introduces bill tying employee bonuses to the completion of the new Aurora VA hospital.Kellie LunneyThu, 26 Mar 2015 16:17:08 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/lawmaker-wants-ban-all-va-bonuses-until-troubled-construction-project-finished/108568/Pay & 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 Laterhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/retirement-planning/2015/03/leaving-government-now-and-taking-retirement-later/108511/The basics of deferred retirement.Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition PlanningThu, 26 Mar 2015 15:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/retirement-planning/2015/03/leaving-government-now-and-taking-retirement-later/108511/Pay & Benefits - Retirement PlanningBrian A Jackson/Shutterstock.comBudget Hawks Target TSP, Scammers Target TRICARE and Morehttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2015/03/budget-hawks-target-tsp-scammers-target-tricare-and-more/108487/A weekly roundup of federal pay and benefits news.GovExec StaffWed, 25 Mar 2015 18:01:42 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2015/03/budget-hawks-target-tsp-scammers-target-tricare-and-more/108487/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchLeonardo da/Shutterstock.comHow Government Workers Pinch Pennies During Shutdownshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/how-government-workers-pinch-pennies-during-shutdowns/108382/A 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/how-government-workers-pinch-pennies-during-shutdowns/108382/Pay & Benefitsrangizzz / Shutterstock.comSome Feds Just Got a 34 Percent Pay Boosthttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/some-feds-just-got-34-percent-pay-boost/108196/The 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/some-feds-just-got-34-percent-pay-boost/108196/Pay & 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 Stateshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/what-you-have-earn-be-rich-cities-across-united-states/107985/The 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/what-you-have-earn-be-rich-cities-across-united-states/107985/Pay & BenefitsAlessandro Colle/Shutterstock.comThe Importance of Accurate Informationhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/retirement-planning/2015/03/importance-accurate-information/107925/In 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/retirement-planning/2015/03/importance-accurate-information/107925/Pay & Benefits - Retirement PlanningNAN728/Shutterstock.comLawmaker: Tie Feds' Pay to U.S. Economic Performance So They Have 'Skin in the Game'http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/lawmaker-tie-feds-pay-us-economic-performance-so-they-have-skin-game/107976/Republican congressman says federal employees lack incentives to improve economy.Eric KatzThu, 19 Mar 2015 14:55:07 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/lawmaker-tie-feds-pay-us-economic-performance-so-they-have-skin-game/107976/Pay & Benefitslarry1235 / Shutterstock.comSelf-Plus-One Premiums Won’t Be Higher Than Family Coverage Optionhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/self-plus-one-premiums-wont-be-higher-other-health-coverage-options/107949/OPM 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/self-plus-one-premiums-wont-be-higher-other-health-coverage-options/107949/Pay & BenefitsSpotmatik Ltd/Shutterstock.comRetirement Savings Reassurance, Financial Fears, Vets’ Health Care Changes and Morehttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2015/03/retirement-savings-reassurance-financial-fears-changes-vets-health-care-eligibility-and-more/107865/A weekly roundup of pay and benefits news.GovExec StaffWed, 18 Mar 2015 17:22:07 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2015/03/retirement-savings-reassurance-financial-fears-changes-vets-health-care-eligibility-and-more/107865/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits Watchrangizzz / Shutterstock.comBill Would Ban Misbehaving Feds From Getting Bonuseshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/bill-would-ban-misbehaving-feds-getting-bonuses/107835/Bipartisan 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/bill-would-ban-misbehaving-feds-getting-bonuses/107835/Pay & 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 Bonushttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/judge-tells-va-repay-former-senior-execs-bonus/107493/Sharon 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/judge-tells-va-repay-former-senior-execs-bonus/107493/Pay & 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 Estimationhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/retirement-planning/2015/03/critical-part-planning-any-estimation/107397/It’s important that agencies provide retirement estimates to employees.Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition PlanningThu, 12 Mar 2015 14:23:52 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/retirement-planning/2015/03/critical-part-planning-any-estimation/107397/Pay & Benefits - Retirement PlanningMr Doomits/Shutterstock.comAn 8.7 Percent Pay Cut for Six-Figure Earners, Subjective Measures of Financial Well-Being and Morehttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2015/03/87-percent-pay-cut-six-figure-earners-subjective-measures-financial-well-being-and-more/107274/A weekly roundup of pay and benefits news.GovExec StaffWed, 11 Mar 2015 17:27:45 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2015/03/87-percent-pay-cut-six-figure-earners-subjective-measures-financial-well-being-and-more/107274/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits Watch larry1235 / Shutterstock.comMore Feds Are ‘Thriving’ Financially Than Average Workers, Survey Findshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/more-feds-are-thriving-financially-average-workers-survey-finds/107166/Even low earning feds have higher financial well-being scores than their non-federal counterparts.Eric KatzTue, 10 Mar 2015 17:09:43 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/more-feds-are-thriving-financially-average-workers-survey-finds/107166/Pay & BenefitsPhotobank gallery/Shutterstock.comDoJ Will Notify Nearly 1 Million Feds of Eligibility to Join Shutdown Lawsuithttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/doj-will-notify-nearly-1-million-feds-eligibility-join-shutdown-lawsuit/106938/Plaintiffs are seeking bonus compensation for working without pay during 2013 shutdown.Eric KatzFri, 06 Mar 2015 15:32:52 -0500http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/doj-will-notify-nearly-1-million-feds-eligibility-join-shutdown-lawsuit/106938/Pay & BenefitsCarolyn Kaster/AP file photoRetirement Claims Backlog Hits 18-Month Highhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/retirement-claims-backlog-hits-18-month-high/106917/OPM is processing former retirement paperwork more slowly in 2015.Eric KatzFri, 06 Mar 2015 13:23:46 -0500http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/retirement-claims-backlog-hits-18-month-high/106917/Pay & BenefitsImagewell/Shutterstock.comWhat Happens When You Say 'I Do'http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/retirement-planning/2015/03/what-happens-when-you-say-i-do/106794/There’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 -0500http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/retirement-planning/2015/03/what-happens-when-you-say-i-do/106794/Pay & Benefits - Retirement PlanningAudrius Merfeldas/Shutterstock.comSick Leave Bill for Disabled Vets Advanceshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/sick-leave-bill-disabled-vets-advances/106791/Senate 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 -0500http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/sick-leave-bill-disabled-vets-advances/106791/Pay & BenefitsSen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, is one sponsor of the bill. APWhy Are We Still Calling Postal Workers 'Mailmen'?http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/why-are-we-still-calling-postal-workers-mailmen/106725/It'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 -0500http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/why-are-we-still-calling-postal-workers-mailmen/106725/Pay & BenefitsJamesa Euler delivers mail in Atlanta in 2013.David Goldman/AP file photoSteps to Reform Health Benefits, Cut Retirement Pay, Count Calories and Morehttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2015/03/steps-reform-health-benefits-cut-retirement-pay-count-calories-and-more/106707/A weekly roundup of federal pay and benefits news.GovExec StaffWed, 04 Mar 2015 16:26:45 -0500http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2015/03/steps-reform-health-benefits-cut-retirement-pay-count-calories-and-more/106707/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchPornpan Chinnapong/Shutterstock.comThe Next Looming Deadline Federal Employees Should Know About http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/next-looming-deadline-federal-employees-should-know-about/106692/The 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 -0500http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/next-looming-deadline-federal-employees-should-know-about/106692/Pay & Benefitsphasinphoto/Shutterstock.comLong-Serving NTEU President Announces Retirementhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/long-serving-nteu-president-announces-retirement/106647/Colleen Kelley to end 16-year tenure in August.Charles S. ClarkWed, 04 Mar 2015 11:24:37 -0500http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/long-serving-nteu-president-announces-retirement/106647/Pay & BenefitsNTEULawmakers Seek to Reverse Cuts to Some Travel Allowanceshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/lawmakers-seek-reverse-cuts-some-travel-allowances/106434/Bill 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 -0500http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/lawmakers-seek-reverse-cuts-some-travel-allowances/106434/Pay & Benefitsimtmphoto/Shutterstock.comThe S Fund Led TSP's February Gains http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/s-fund-led-tsps-february-gains/106422/All but one fund posted positive returns last month.Kellie LunneyMon, 02 Mar 2015 12:07:56 -0500http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/s-fund-led-tsps-february-gains/106422/Pay & Benefitsleungchopan/Shutterstock.com