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A Big Appetite for Additional Hack Protections, Extra Paid Sick Leave for Some Feds and More

July 29, 2015 The hack of federal employees’ personal data maintained by the Office of Personnel Management continued to dominate benefits news last week, with lawmakers pushing for increased protections against misuse of the stolen information. The Senate Appropriations Committee last Thursday approved a measure that would give hack victims 10 years of...

Removing Poor Performers, Avoiding Bad Financial Advice, Extending Probation for New Feds and More

July 22, 2015 When an agency has to reduce the size of its workforce, should poor performers be first in line to go? That’s a no-brainer for most private sector organizations. But the issue is less straightforward in government. Senate lawmakers are considering a provision in the 2016 Defense authorization bill that would...

Outlook for a COLA Increase in 2016 Still Isn't Great

July 17, 2015 The Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday released another data point that provides a glimpse into the potential cost-of-living increase for federal retirees in 2016, and it doesn’t bode well. The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) rose 0.4 percent for the month of June,...

Cuts to TSP, a Deeper Look at Low Morale and More

July 15, 2015 In a move that is getting old, lawmakers are once again looking at cuts in federal employees’ benefits as a way to offset increased spending in other areas. This time, the potential target is the Thrift Savings Plan’s government securities (G) fund. Senators are looking for ways to finance a...

Army to Cut 17,000 Civilian Employees

July 9, 2015 The Army on Thursday announced it will lay off 17,000 civilian employees. The cuts will come alongside a reduction of 40,000 troops that will be complete by the end of fiscal 2018. They “will impact nearly every Army installation, both in the continental United States and overseas,” the service stated....

Big Changes in Overtime Pay, Maternity Leave and More

July 8, 2015 Last week, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus tripled maternity leave for women in the Navy and Marine Corps from 6 weeks to 18 weeks. “Meaningful maternity leave when it matters most is one of the best ways that we can support the women who serve our county. This flexibility is an...

Identity Protection, Excessive Military ER Visits, Wellness Review and More

July 1, 2015 With at least 4 million current and former federal employees affected by the Office of Personnel Management data breach (and probably many more), you’d think more than a few dozen would be interested in receiving free credit monitoring for life. So it’s a little surprising that as of July 1,...

Two Locality Pay Proposals, Life After the Data Breach, D.C.-Area Salaries and More

June 24, 2015 Federal employees (and anyone else who is interested) have one week left to comment on an Obama administration proposal that would result in a pay bump for 102,000 civilians in 13 metropolitan areas. The proposal would take those 13 cities out of the “rest of the United States” category for...

Size of the OPM Hack Quadruples to 18 Million

June 22, 2015 Hackers may have pilfered the personal data of as many as 18 million individuals from Office of Personnel Management records—four times as many as OPM originally estimated, according to a CNN report late Monday. Those caught up in the massive attack include current, former and prospective federal employees, CNN said:...

Exceptions to the 1.3 Percent Pay Raise, a Free Benefit for New Military Moms and More

June 10, 2015 Most civilian federal employees are likely headed for a 1.3 percent pay raise next year. While that’s better than a pay freeze, and slightly more than this year’s 1 percent boost, it didn’t impress some Government Executive readers. “Yeah, 1.3%! Woohoo, my paycheck will be flying high! Oh, wait...,” wrote...