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-usWed, 10 Sep 2014 16:37:42 -0400Feds Can Donate to More Charities, But Will They?http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/09/feds-can-donate-more-charities-will-they/93746/The annual Combined Federal Campaign runs through Dec. 15.Kellie LunneyWed, 10 Sep 2014 16:37:42 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/09/feds-can-donate-more-charities-will-they/93746/Pay & 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 Raisehttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/09/how-obamas-federal-pay-plan-dashed-bigger-raise/93068/Had the president stayed mum, civilian feds and service members would see larger paychecks in 2015.Kellie LunneyWed, 03 Sep 2014 17:15:15 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/09/how-obamas-federal-pay-plan-dashed-bigger-raise/93068/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits Watchisak55/Shutterstock.comMilitary 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.comThree 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 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.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.comSome New Feds Could Soon Get Bonus Sick Leavehttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/07/some-new-feds-could-soon-get-bonus-sick-leave/90104/Lawmakers want to give certain new hires up-front time off for medical appointments.Eric KatzWed, 30 Jul 2014 15:42:05 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/07/some-new-feds-could-soon-get-bonus-sick-leave/90104/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchPhotographee.eu/Shutterstock.comTRICARE Increases Mental Health Care Providershttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/07/tricare-increases-mental-health-care-providers/89459/Beneficiaries can keep their current counselors, or opt for an independent provider as of Aug. 18.Kellie LunneyWed, 23 Jul 2014 15:29:56 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/07/tricare-increases-mental-health-care-providers/89459/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchSteve Cukrov/Shutterstock.comOPM Announces More Flexibility for Dental and Vision Coveragehttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/07/opm-announces-more-flexibility-dental-and-vision-coverage/88888/Next 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/07/opm-announces-more-flexibility-dental-and-vision-coverage/88888/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchSebastian Duda/Shutterstock.comThe Benefits Federal Employees Love Mosthttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/07/benefits-federal-employees-love-most/88288/Retirement and health plans rate well; some other perks are drawing very little interest.Eric KatzWed, 09 Jul 2014 16:25:29 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/07/benefits-federal-employees-love-most/88288/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchPhotoXpressDefense Would Get the Most Mileage From Trimming Pay, Benefits http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/07/defense-would-get-most-mileage-trimming-pay-benefits/87787/Budget office lays out projected savings for an array of potential cuts to military compensation.Eric KatzWed, 02 Jul 2014 17:22:32 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/07/defense-would-get-most-mileage-trimming-pay-benefits/87787/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchDefense Department file photoAgencies, Congress Work to Ensure Government Isn’t Overpaying Employees http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/06/agencies-congress-work-ensure-government-isnt-overpaying-employees/87289/New interim rule reduces pay for contractors, while Congress looks to do the same for some civilians.Eric KatzWed, 25 Jun 2014 17:16:39 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/06/agencies-congress-work-ensure-government-isnt-overpaying-employees/87289/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits Watchmj007/Shutterstock.comCOLA On Track to Be Bigger in 2015http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/06/cola-track-be-bigger-2015/86719/The 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/06/cola-track-be-bigger-2015/86719/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchVERSUSstudio/Shutterstock.comRetirement Claims Backlog Could Be Eliminated by Year’s Endhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/06/retirement-claims-backlog-could-be-eliminated-years-end/86278/The backlog is just under 15,000 claims – the lowest it’s been since December.Kellie LunneyWed, 11 Jun 2014 14:41:51 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/06/retirement-claims-backlog-could-be-eliminated-years-end/86278/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchGloszilla Studio/Shutterstock.comA VA Fix That Goes Beyond Banning Bonuseshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/06/va-fix-goes-beyond-banning-bonuses/85831/Lawmakers 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/06/va-fix-goes-beyond-banning-bonuses/85831/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchAfrica Studio/Shutterstock.comA Special Sick Leave Bank for Disabled Vets?http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/05/special-sick-leave-bank-disabled-vets/85342/Proposal 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/05/special-sick-leave-bank-disabled-vets/85342/Pay & 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 Firedhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/05/delinquent-your-tax-bills-you-could-soon-get-fired/84952/Senate panel picks up legislation that failed in the House.Eric KatzThu, 22 May 2014 00:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/05/delinquent-your-tax-bills-you-could-soon-get-fired/84952/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchDooder/Shutterstock.comThree New Bills That Could Change Feds' Benefits http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/05/three-new-bills-could-change-feds-benefits/84457/Proposals would affect legislative, military and executive branch personnel.Eric KatzThu, 15 May 2014 00:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/05/three-new-bills-could-change-feds-benefits/84457/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchFreeimages.comHow the Postal Service Could Overhaul Its Retirement and Leave Benefitshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/05/how-postal-service-could-overhaul-its-retirement-and-leave-benefits/83992/USPS inspector general compares the agency’s benefits programs to those of other organizations, suggests updates.Eric KatzThu, 08 May 2014 00:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/05/how-postal-service-could-overhaul-its-retirement-and-leave-benefits/83992/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchFlickr user kitchHouse Republicans Aren’t Budging on Military Compensationhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/05/house-republicans-arent-budging-military-compensation/83497/Lawmakers want more studies and reviews.Eric KatzThu, 01 May 2014 00:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/05/house-republicans-arent-budging-military-compensation/83497/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchSolider train at Fort Hood, Texas in March.Defense DepartmentCan Feds Use the Student Loan Repayment Benefit For Their Kids? http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/04/can-feds-use-student-loan-repayment-benefit-their-kids/83059/Yes, as it turns out.Kellie LunneyThu, 24 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/04/can-feds-use-student-loan-repayment-benefit-their-kids/83059/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits Watchkaren roach/Shutterstock.comMore 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.com