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Expanding Death Benefits, Cutting Pensions, Extra Holiday Time and More

November 19, 2014 Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, D-Mass., introduced H.R. 5721, the Overseas Security Personnel Fairness Act, to allow the families of overseas federal contractors killed in the line of duty access to full death benefits if the deceased employee is unmarried with no children or other dependents. Problems experienced by the family ...

Health Care Choices, Retirement Savings Safeguards, Faster Holiday Travel and More

November 12, 2014 Open season officially started this week, giving federal workers an opportunity to rethink their health care and flexible spending account benefits. For some, the choices may seem daunting. But for at least one group of employees, the options are underwhelming. The advocacy group Human Rights Campaign on Monday noted that ...

Hazardous Housing, Thanksgiving Hardship, Health Insurance Changes and More

November 5, 2014 Home may be where your heart is, but if you happen to be one of the 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea, your home is also quite possibly a mold-ridden, radon-emitting fire hazard one spark away from total annihilation. That’s not exactly how the Defense Department’s deputy inspector general put ...

Open Season Workshop, TRICARE Blunder, Telework and More

October 29, 2014 Oops. The Air Force mistakenly told about 1,000 airmen who voluntarily left the service recently that they’d get six months of extended TRICARE health benefits. Turns out that’s not the case. The problem occurred when officials failed to correctly update the database of eligible TRICARE enrollees, the Air Force Times ...

Health Care Scam, Scholarships, Flu Shots and More

October 22, 2014 It’s that time of year. Americans lose 17 million workdays to the flu annually; the Office of Personnel Management doesn’t want you to be one of them. OPM Director Katherine Archuleta sent a memo to agency heads earlier this month urging all feds to get a flu shot. Many agencies ...

Buyout Watch: Air Force and TSA Join the List

July 15, 2014 After a brief lull, more federal agencies are starting to offer buyouts or early retirements again as a means of cutting costs. Activity is likely to pick up even more as the temporary reprieve from sequestration draws to a close. We will once again keep a running list of the ...

Back to Work! Federal Employees To Return Thursday Morning

October 16, 2013 President Obama late Wednesday was expected to sign into law a bill that reopens the federal government and suspends the debt limit until February 2014. The legislation – which passed the Senate 81-18 and the House 285-144 – would fund the government through Jan. 15, and suspend the debt limit ...

Federal Employees Are Headed Back to Work Thursday

October 16, 2013 President Obama early Thursday signed into law a bill that reopens the federal government and suspends the debt limit until February 2014. The legislation – which passed the Senate 81-18 and the House 285-144 – would fund the government through Jan. 15, and suspend the debt limit through Feb. 7. ...

How Long Has the Government Been Closed?

October 1, 2013 The federal government has shut down and non-excepted employees have begun unpaid furloughs until Congress passes a stopgap spending measure to keep appropriations flowing.

Get Shutdown Updates Sent Right to Your Phone

September 30, 2013 Federal websites could go dark if the government shuts down, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay in the dark yourself. The prospect of a government shutdown raises a lot of questions for federal employees, contractors and citizens. Who is expected to report for work? Do you have to ...