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Momentum on Phased Retirement, Scrutiny of Senior Exec Bonuses and More

June 22, 2016 The biggest benefits news this week may be that the Defense Department is on board with phased retirement. Defense civilians who have been employed at the department full time for at least three consecutive years and are retirement eligible will now be able to take advantage of the arrangement, so...

Pay Raise Action, Higher Ed Discounts, TRICARE Flexibility and More

June 15, 2016 Lawmakers continue to tussle over federal pay. Last Thursday, the Senate rejected an amendment to the 2017 defense authorization bill that would have given service members a 2.1 percent pay raise. The measure had been pushed by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. As Federal News Radio noted, McCain bluntly told his...

TSP Glitch, New Leadership Courses, VA Benefit Changes and More

June 8, 2016 The Office of Personnel Management is offering two new Web-based leadership courses for agencies to use in their executive development programs: Emotionally Intelligent Leadership and Leading Change. Emotionally Intelligent Leadership is designed to help federal leaders “apply the principles of emotional intelligence, defined as the capacity for recognizing our own...

SafeTrack Update: One Agency Offers Temporary Parking Passes

June 8, 2016 This article has been updated with information from the National Institutes of Health and the Pentagon. The Washington Metrorail’s marathon of major track repairs and upgrades started Saturday, and capital region residents – including federal employees – were preparing for serious disruptions to their daily commutes. To minimize the impact...

Find Your Co-workers’ Salaries, Telework During Metro Repairs and More

May 25, 2016 Feds in the Washington area might want to think about sprucing up their home offices. The Office of Personnel Management has established an interagency working group through the Chief Human Capital Officers Council to determine how federal agencies can minimize disruption from the recently announced year-long SafeTrack plan to repair...

An Almost-Routine Pay Freeze, Defending Senior Execs’ Bonuses, Bonding With Trump and More

May 18, 2016 For federal employees tired of lawmakers’ frequent attacks on their pay and benefits, it may be comforting to know that House members are giving themselves a dose of their own medicine. The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved a fiscal 2017 legislative branch spending bill that would freeze representatives’ pay...

Tuition Assistance Hike, TRICARE Changes, Military Pay and More

May 11, 2016 Military personnel can expect higher pay and changes to their health benefits next year, although the details are still being worked out. Earlier this week, the Senate Armed Services Committee’s personnel panel cleared the National Defense Authorization Act with a 1.6 percent pay raise for troops. That was half a...

Progress Continues on Reducing the Federal Retirement Claims Backlog

May 9, 2016 The Office of Personnel Management continued to make progress on reducing the backlog of federal retirement claims in April, according to data released late last week. The backlog fell to 14,517 in April from 19,211 in March, a decrease of 24 percent. That follows on a 15 percent decrease from...

Retirement Planning: Get Your Questions Answered

May 6, 2016 Regardless of where you are in your federal career, it pays to think about and begin preparing for your eventual retirement. But navigating the process can be tricky, especially since the federal government has its own unique retirement systems and regulations. If you have questions about planning for your life...

Get Our New Free eBook: Closing the Skills Gap in Government

May 3, 2016 The federal government’s top watchdog doesn’t mince words: “Mission-critical skills gaps within specific federal agencies as well as across the federal workforce pose a high risk to the nation because they impede the government from cost-effectively serving the public and achieving results,” the Government Accountability Office concluded in a 2015...

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