Government Executive - Pay & Benefits Watchhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/Key developments in the world of federal employee benefits: health, pay, and much more.en-usThu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400More Than 15,000 Federal Employees Make at Least $200Khttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/04/more-15000-federal-employees-make-least-200k/82663/Top earning employees work at highly specialized agencies.Eric KatzThu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/04/more-15000-federal-employees-make-least-200k/82663/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchMaryna Pleshkun/Shutterstock.comObese Feds Can Now Have Their Diet Pills Covered http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/04/obese-feds-will-now-have-their-diet-pills-covered/82228/OPM also wants to make it easier to receive bypass, lap band surgeries.Eric KatzThu, 10 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/04/obese-feds-will-now-have-their-diet-pills-covered/82228/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits Watchatm2003/Shutterstock.comMilitary Families Worry About Possible Commissary Closureshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/04/military-families-worry-about-possible-commissary-closures/81790/A Pentagon proposal to slash subsidies that keep base stores affordable would negatively affect middle-class personnel, survey finds.Kellie LunneyThu, 03 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/04/military-families-worry-about-possible-commissary-closures/81790/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchU.S. Navy petty officer Mary Crowe shops at the commissary at Naval Station San Diego.Denis Poroy/AP File PhotoHave a Clearance? You Can Earn a Lot More Outside Governmenthttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/03/have-clearance-you-can-earn-lot-more-outside-government/81331/Cleared independent consultants typically make nearly $30,000 more annually than cleared feds.Eric KatzThu, 27 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/03/have-clearance-you-can-earn-lot-more-outside-government/81331/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchSergieiev/Shutterstock.comEarning New Benefits, Protecting Old Oneshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/03/earning-new-benefits-protecting-old-ones/80869/TSA employees win new rights in arbitration.Eric KatzWed, 19 Mar 2014 15:34:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/03/earning-new-benefits-protecting-old-ones/80869/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchErik S. Lesser/AP file photoSome Lawmakers Are Feeling More Generous Toward Fedshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/03/some-lawmakers-are-feeling-more-generous-toward-feds/80413/Bigger COLAs for federal retirees, better care for vets among recent legislative proposals.Eric KatzWed, 12 Mar 2014 17:13:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/03/some-lawmakers-are-feeling-more-generous-toward-feds/80413/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchRep. Mike Honda, D-Calif.Jeff Chiu/AP file photoFeds Petition for More Pay; Some Could Get Ithttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/03/feds-petition-more-pay-while-some-are-getting-it/79975/Senior-level managers, scientific employees and EPA workers could be coming into more money soon.Eric KatzWed, 05 Mar 2014 16:54:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/03/feds-petition-more-pay-while-some-are-getting-it/79975/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchRicardo Reitmeyer/Shutterstock.comLocality Pay Still in a Deep Freezehttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/02/locality-pay-still-deep-freeze/79474/While federal employees’ base pay appears to be headed for its second consecutive increase, locality rates have stayed the same for four years.Eric KatzWed, 26 Feb 2014 16:50:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/02/locality-pay-still-deep-freeze/79474/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits Watchdoomu/Shutterstock.comMilitary Families Are Using Food Stamps More Than Everhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/02/military-families-are-using-food-stamps-more-ever/79079/Defense commissaries see spike in government assistance.Eric KatzWed, 19 Feb 2014 17:14:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/02/military-families-are-using-food-stamps-more-ever/79079/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchMatt Rourke/AP File PhotoFederal Union Worries Congress Will Target It Nexthttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/02/federal-union-worries-congress-will-target-it-next/78746/AFGE hopes to grow membership while fending off existential threats.Eric KatzWed, 12 Feb 2014 17:02:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/02/federal-union-worries-congress-will-target-it-next/78746/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchRX2 Photography/Shutterstock.comFeds Still Fighting for Additional Shutdown Payhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/02/feds-still-fighting-additional-shutdown-pay/78320/Meanwhile, Congress and the Pentagon weigh adjustments to military compensation.Eric KatzWed, 05 Feb 2014 17:16:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/02/feds-still-fighting-additional-shutdown-pay/78320/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchJim Barber/Shutterstock.comDHS Ends Extra Overtime for Many Employeeshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/01/dhs-ends-extra-overtime-many-employees/77831/Decision comes after scandal exposed abuse of perk.Eric KatzWed, 29 Jan 2014 17:49:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/01/dhs-ends-extra-overtime-many-employees/77831/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchGazlast/Shutterstock.comNavy Seeks to Increase Pay for Sailors at Seahttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/01/navy-seeks-increase-pay-sailors-sea/77354/With the possibility of future pay and benefits cuts looming, Navy wants to provide a small stipend raise to boost recruitment.Eric KatzWed, 22 Jan 2014 17:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/01/navy-seeks-increase-pay-sailors-sea/77354/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchUnited States NavyMilitary Pension Fight Rages Onhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/01/military-pension-fight-rages/76952/Lawmakers, advocacy groups vow to press ahead for full repeal of COLA cuts.Eric KatzWed, 15 Jan 2014 17:07:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/01/military-pension-fight-rages/76952/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchDefense Department file photo2014 Brings More Changes to Federal Pay and Benefitshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/01/2014-brings-more-changes-federal-pay-and-benefits/76490/OPM widens debt collection window, eases tenure process and expands health benefits to some interns.Eric KatzWed, 08 Jan 2014 16:35:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/01/2014-brings-more-changes-federal-pay-and-benefits/76490/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchMmaxer/Shutterstock.comWill Feds Be Asked to Sacrifice More in 2014? http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2013/12/will-feds-be-asked-sacrifice-more-2014/75697/President Obama promises to leave feds' pensions alone in his next budget proposal.Eric KatzThu, 19 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2013/12/will-feds-be-asked-sacrifice-more-2014/75697/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchManuel Balce Ceneta/APMixed Reviews for Proposed Pension Contribution Hikes http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2013/12/mixed-reviews-proposed-pension-contribution-hikes/75371/Unions, lawmakers disagree on merits of compromise budget deal.Eric KatzThu, 12 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2013/12/mixed-reviews-proposed-pension-contribution-hikes/75371/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchJ. David Cox, AFGE National PresidentAFGEObamacare Could Make FEHBP More Popular http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2013/12/obamacare-could-make-fehbp-more-popular/74897/It’s unclear how the extra enrollees would affect premiums.Kellie LunneyThu, 05 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2013/12/obamacare-could-make-fehbp-more-popular/74897/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits Watchsfam_photo/Shutterstock.comDon’t Worry About Obamacare – Feds’ Health Benefits Are Safehttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2013/11/dont-worry-about-obamacare-feds-health-benefits-are-safe/74201/As FEHBP enrollees peruse their options during open season, it’s important for them to remember they can keep their coverage if they want.Kellie LunneyThu, 21 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2013/11/dont-worry-about-obamacare-feds-health-benefits-are-safe/74201/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchPhotoXpressPaying the Price: Feds Increasingly Unhappy With Salarieshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2013/11/paying-price-feds-increasingly-unhappy-salaries/73754/Pay satisfaction ranges across agencies and job level.Eric KatzThu, 14 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2013/11/paying-price-feds-increasingly-unhappy-salaries/73754/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits Watch larry1235/Shutterstock.comTraveling Feds Have (a Little) More Money to Spendhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2013/11/traveling-feds-have-little-more-money-spend/73337/New per diem rates took effect while the government was closed.Kellie LunneyThu, 07 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2013/11/traveling-feds-have-little-more-money-spend/73337/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchPhotoXpressFEHBP As a Model of Healthhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2013/10/fehbp-model-health/72968/The program helped shape the Affordable Care Act. Now the question is whether the Obamacare debate might change FEHBP.Kellie LunneyThu, 31 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2013/10/fehbp-model-health/72968/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchBack Pay Is On the Wayhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2013/10/back-pay-way/72503/Federal employees this week will recover the pay they missed during the government shutdown.Kellie LunneyThu, 24 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2013/10/back-pay-way/72503/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchAbel Tumik/Shutterstock.comMore Uncertainty Awaits Feds After the Shutdownhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2013/10/more-uncertainty-awaits-feds-after-shutdown/72062/Increased workloads also are a concern.Eric KatzThu, 17 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2013/10/more-uncertainty-awaits-feds-after-shutdown/72062/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchBanks Reach Out to Furloughed Fedshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2013/10/banks-reach-out-furloughed-feds/71642/With paychecks hanging in the balance, banks offer loans and credit to federal workers.Eric KatzThu, 10 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2013/10/banks-reach-out-furloughed-feds/71642/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits Watch