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Insurance Premiums Go Up, Up, Up; Shutdown Scare Ends; and More

September 28, 2016 This story has been updated to reflect House passage of the continuing resolution. Federal employees likely breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday afternoon, as Congress finally passed a short-term funding bill to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. Lawmakers broke a stalemate...

A Primer on Clinton and Trump’s Management Styles, Before the First Debate

September 26, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump are preparing to face off Monday night at Hofstra University in New York, in the first of three much anticipated presidential debates. As many as 100 million people are expected to tune into the discussion, moderated by NBC’s Lester Holt,...

Shutdown Limbo, a Hearing on the Long-Term Care Premium Spike and More

September 21, 2016 Federal employees are still waiting to find out whether the government will remain open after Oct. 1, and it looks like they will wait a bit longer. The Senate has been working on a deal for a short-term continuing resolution to fund agencies once the fiscal year ends and avoid...

Uncertainty Over a Shutdown, Forcing Hill Staffers Onto VA Health Care and More

September 14, 2016 As mid-September approaches, time is running out for lawmakers to reach a deal that would keep government open past the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. Things looked promising earlier this week, with reports that progress had been made in the Senate toward a short-term continuing resolution that...

How Would a President Clinton or President Trump Manage the Federal Workforce?

September 14, 2016 For most Americans, electing a new president comes down to casting a vote for the person best suited to ensure the security and prosperity of the nation. Federal employees are no different. But unlike most Americans, federal employees will also be voting for a new boss. What kind of manager...

Military Pay Raise Battle, TSP News, Help for Flood Victims and More

September 7, 2016 Lawmakers haven’t given up the fight to give troops a full 2.1 percent pay raise, despite President Obama’s plan to give both civilian and military personnel a 1.6 percent pay raise. On Tuesday, Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nevada, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said he would continue to...

An End to Pay Raise Suspense, Life and Health Insurance Open Seasons, and More

August 31, 2016 For loyal followers of the annual federal employee pay raise, Wednesday started out as a suspenseful day. President Obama said when he released his fiscal 2017 budget plan that he wants to give civilians a 1.6 percent boost next year, but he had until midnight on Aug. 31 to formally...

Anger Mounts Over Long Term Care Premium Spike

August 24, 2016 There’s growing concern on Capitol Hill surrounding the recently-announced premium hike for the 274,000 current and former employees who are covered by the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program. Policy holders, on average, will soon see an 83 percent spike in their payments to maintain their current coverage levels. Some...

New Travel Regs and Shopping Benefits, Retirement Hitches and More

August 17, 2016 There’s been a lot of talk about phased retirement since Congress approved the practice in 2012, but not much action. The idea was to help agencies manage the loss of critical skills in the face of a retirement wave by allowing eligible federal employees to remain on the job part-time...

Government's Quest to Attract (and Keep) Millennials

August 4, 2016 As agencies across government grapple with the challenge of attracting younger workers, especially those with critical technical skills, they must contend with a perception (also the reality sometimes) that government work is a path to soul-sucking boredom. While most employees—at least the desirable ones—prefer meaningful work, millennials are less inclined...

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