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Lawmakers sponsor bill to allow earlier FEHBP enrollment for adult kids

May 4, 2010 A group of Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday introduced legislation that would allow the Office of Personnel Management to extend insurance coverage to more adult children of federal employees during 2010. "This coverage would be particularly helpful to dependent children about to graduate from trade school, college or university who could ...

Personnel agency clarifies policies for insuring adult children

May 4, 2010 The Office of Personnel Management has added guidance to its website on how health care reform will affect federal employees' adult children, clarifying that it will not begin covering dependents age 22 through 25 until Jan. 1, 2011. "Though we are eager to provide coverage to young adults prior to ...

Freudian Slip, Or Army Humor?

May 3, 2010 By Katherine Peters Last week, we wrote about the new Army modernization strategy and created our own hyperlink to the document. A careful reader pointed out that the original document posted by the Army (to which we created our own link) contained a graphic with a reference to something called ...

Oil Slicks

May 3, 2010 If you're interested in the government's response to the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Ed O'Keefe has put together a nice roundup of a map of the spill, twitterers to follow, and links to the official website for the cleanup. The magnitude of this is overwhelming.

Is The Obama Administration's Pro-Government Push Having An Effect?

May 3, 2010 I was thinking about that this weekend, reading through Obama's Michigan speech on the importance of government. We've seen a lot of polling out recently about anti-government views. But are the speeches by Obama himself and members of his administration making any headway against those negative ideas? I'd be curious ...

TSP funds thrive in April

May 3, 2010 Following months of strong returns, nine of the 10 funds in the Thrift Savings Plan continued to enjoy modest growth in April. The S Fund, which invests in small and mid-size companies and tracks the Dow Jones Wilshire 4500 Index, had the largest increase in April, rising 4.82 percent. It ...

KSA Quandaries

April 30, 2010 Our readers apparently have pretty different views of whether Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities statements are useful. KC says they can be faked: C'ommon people! How could you know that the applicant even wrote the KSA? There's no guarantee. I was in a panel and read someone's writing scoring the max ...

Blue Ribbons and Government Needs

April 30, 2010 Joel Achenbach's piece on government-sponsored awards for innovation, both as a concept and as a history is really quite good. He points out that there are large advantages to a prize-based approach, but cautions that the contests have to be structured appropriately: Last September, the Obama administration released the Strategy ...

Labor relations authority begins regulatory reform effort

April 30, 2010 As the Federal Labor Relations Authority moves forward with the first changes to arbitration regulations in 25 years, unions say the proposed reforms could make the process more fair and efficient. In the initial phase of a more extensive process, FLRA on Thursday announced some proposed changes to how arbitrators ...

Health Care For Kids Turning 22 Between Now and January 1?

April 29, 2010 The Office of Personnel Management is apparently saying that they can't start covering kids through their 25th birthdays until January, even though some health care companies are starting coverage earlier, because of the way federal law is written. If this changes, we'll let you know. But for now, it looks ...