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Presidential Contenders on Federal Benefits, Military Members on Proposed Retirement Reforms, and More

April 15, 2015 This week several 2016 presidential contenders have officially launched their campaigns, and they have vastly different views of the federal workforce and the federal government’s role in solving major challenges facing the country. The bottom line: Democratic contender Hillary Clinton is the most fed-friendly. Clinton made clear her respect for ...

Shots Fired and 1 Killed After Vehicle Rams Gate at NSA Headquarters

March 30, 2015 One person was killed Monday morning and another injured after a vehicle tried to ram into a gate at the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Md., according to news reports. Details of the incident are still unfolding, but NSA police shot at two men in the vehicle, and one ...

Budget Hawks Target TSP, Scammers Target TRICARE and More

March 25, 2015 House Republicans have a lot of ideas about how to save taxpayer dollars. Unfortunately for federal employees, a number of those ideas would come at their expense in the form of retirement and health benefits. As Eric Katz reported earlier this week, a House Budget Committee report suggests increasing federal ...

Retirement Savings Reassurance, Financial Fears, Vets’ Health Care Changes and More

March 18, 2015 The federal government officially reached its debt limit on Monday, and that means the Treasury Department had to suspend the daily reinvestment of the government securities (G) fund in the Thrift Savings Plan as part of “extraordinary measures” to avoid a default. That might sound scary to TSP investors, but ...

An 8.7 Percent Pay Cut for Six-Figure Earners, Subjective Measures of Financial Well-Being and More

March 11, 2015 More than 300,000 federal employees earned six-figure salaries in 2014, according to a recently released partial database of pay information, and at least one lawmaker seems to believe those employees are doing a bit too well. Rep. Tom Rice, R-S.C., has introduced a bill (H.R. 1137) that would cut the ...

Washington Area Agencies to Open Late, Again

March 6, 2015 The Office of Personnel Management is giving federal employees in the Washington, D.C., area an extra couple of hours to navigate snow and ice, school and daycare closures this morning. Agencies are open under a 2-hour delayed arrival. Employees have the option to take unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework. Those ...

Another Snow Day for Washington Feds

March 5, 2015 The Office of Personnel Management announced early Thursday morning that federal offices in the Washington area will be closed because of a winter storm in the region. Emergency and telework employees are expected to work, according to the announcement. OPM Director Katherine Archuleta explained the reasoning in a Facebook post, ...

Steps to Reform Health Benefits, Cut Retirement Pay, Count Calories and More

March 4, 2015 It usually gives us pause when someone claims to be able to cut costs and improve service, but that’s exactly what two lawmakers—one Republican and one Democrat—say about reforming the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. And they have plenty of company in making those claims. In a joint op-ed in ...

Another Two-Hour Delay for Washington-Area Agencies

March 2, 2015 Federal offices in the Washington metro area will open late again Monday morning, due to the lingering effects of sleet and freezing rain. Federal employees also have the option of taking unscheduled leave or telework, the Office of Personnel Management announced. "Although local departments of transportation reported that most major ...

Washington Agencies Open on Two-Hour Delay

February 26, 2015 Federal offices in the Washington area are open Thursday under a two-hour delayed arrival policy, the Office of Personnel Management announced. Employees also have the option to take unscheduled leave or telework. Those not teleworking should arrive at work no more than two hours after their scheduled starting time, OPM ...