Government Executive - Pay & Benefits Watch developments in the world of federal employee benefits: health, pay, and much more.en-usWed, 22 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -0400Health Care Scam, Scholarships, Flu Shots and More weekly roundup of pay and benefits news.GovExec StaffWed, 22 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -0400 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchIt's time for your flu shot.Image Point Fr/Shutterstock.comSome Defense Travelers Will Have Their Per Diem Rates Cut 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 -0400 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchPeshkova / Shutterstock.comSelf-Mandated Pay Raise for Federal Judges Will Cost $1B stems from court rulings calling congressionally instituted pay freezes unconstitutional.Eric KatzWed, 08 Oct 2014 15:59:14 -0400 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits Watchzimmytws / Shutterstock.comHow to Avoid Costly Mistakes Filling Out Your TSP Forms 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 -0400 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchSergey Nivens / Shutterstock.comAgencies Are Paying More to Avoid Costly Discrimination Adjudication 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 -0400 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchAfrica Studio/Shutterstock.comTwo Pay and Benefits Bills for Disabled Vets to Watch COLA increase awaits president’s signature; House committee approves extra sick leave for disabled vets to go to medical appointments.Kellie LunneyWed, 17 Sep 2014 17:02:08 -0400 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchSandra Niedzwiecki/Defense DepartmentFeds Can Donate to More Charities, But Will They? annual Combined Federal Campaign runs through Dec. 15.Kellie LunneyWed, 10 Sep 2014 16:37:42 -0400 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchOPM Director Katherine Archuleta noted the changes are important as the workforce becomes more mobile. Labor DepartmentHow Obama’s Federal Pay Plan Dashed a Bigger Raise the president stayed mum, civilian feds and service members would see larger paychecks in 2015.Kellie LunneyWed, 03 Sep 2014 17:15:15 -0400 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits Watchisak55/Shutterstock.comMilitary Families Are More Worried Than Ever About the Effects of Budget Cuts within Defense and sequestration’s long-term impact are creating anxiety over job security, survey finds.Kellie LunneyWed, 27 Aug 2014 17:14:37 -0400 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchStraight 8 Photography/Shutterstock.comThree Charts Showing How White Males Hold the Highest-Paid Federal Jobs average male fed is a full grade level above the typical woman.Eric KatzWed, 20 Aug 2014 16:12:41 -0400 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits Watchjorgen mcleman/Shutterstock.comHow Phased Retirement Affects Your TSP 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 -0400 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits Watchleungchopan/Shutterstock.comCan You Accept That Gift? Take Our Quiz questions to test your knowledge of when you can and cannot accept presents.Eric KatzWed, 06 Aug 2014 16:47:29 -0400 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchNREY / Shutterstock.comSome New Feds Could Soon Get Bonus Sick Leave want to give certain new hires up-front time off for medical appointments.Eric KatzWed, 30 Jul 2014 15:42:05 -0400 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits Increases Mental Health Care Providers can keep their current counselors, or opt for an independent provider as of Aug. 18.Kellie LunneyWed, 23 Jul 2014 15:29:56 -0400 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchSteve Cukrov/Shutterstock.comOPM Announces More Flexibility for Dental and Vision Coverage 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 -0400 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchSebastian Duda/Shutterstock.comThe Benefits Federal Employees Love Most and health plans rate well; some other perks are drawing very little interest.Eric KatzWed, 09 Jul 2014 16:25:29 -0400 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchPhotoXpressDefense Would Get the Most Mileage From Trimming Pay, Benefits office lays out projected savings for an array of potential cuts to military compensation.Eric KatzWed, 02 Jul 2014 17:22:32 -0400 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchDefense Department file photoAgencies, Congress Work to Ensure Government Isn’t Overpaying Employees interim rule reduces pay for contractors, while Congress looks to do the same for some civilians.Eric KatzWed, 25 Jun 2014 17:16:39 -0400 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits Watchmj007/Shutterstock.comCOLA On Track to Be Bigger in 2015 exact cost-of-living adjustment for next year won’t be revealed until October, but retirees could receive an increase of more than 1.7 percent.Kellie LunneyWed, 18 Jun 2014 16:29:58 -0400 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchVERSUSstudio/Shutterstock.comRetirement Claims Backlog Could Be Eliminated by Year’s End backlog is just under 15,000 claims – the lowest it’s been since December.Kellie LunneyWed, 11 Jun 2014 14:41:51 -0400 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchGloszilla Studio/Shutterstock.comA VA Fix That Goes Beyond Banning Bonuses point to compensation for a quick scapegoat, but a long-term solution may be on the horizon.Eric KatzWed, 04 Jun 2014 16:57:19 -0400 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchAfrica Studio/Shutterstock.comA Special Sick Leave Bank for Disabled Vets? would help new feds who are disabled veterans attend mandatory medical appointments without burning up sick leave.Kellie LunneyWed, 28 May 2014 16:24:34 -0400 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchAudience members listen as President Barack Obama speaks about Iraq and Afghanistan at the Disabled American Veterans national convention in Atlanta in 2010.Charles Dharapak/AP file photoDelinquent on Your Tax Bills? You Could Soon Get Fired panel picks up legislation that failed in the House.Eric KatzThu, 22 May 2014 00:00:00 -0400 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchDooder/Shutterstock.comThree New Bills That Could Change Feds' Benefits would affect legislative, military and executive branch personnel.Eric KatzThu, 15 May 2014 00:00:00 -0400 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchFreeimages.comHow the Postal Service Could Overhaul Its Retirement and Leave Benefits inspector general compares the agency’s benefits programs to those of other organizations, suggests updates.Eric KatzThu, 08 May 2014 00:00:00 -0400 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchFlickr user kitch